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2015 Ruggabellus Sallio

Barossa Valley, SA

The base level of Abel Gibson's extraordinary skin contact whites.

$27.00

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Categories: Ruggabellus
About
Abe Gibson has such a calm vision for his world, despite the complexity of winemaking. A gentle, thoughtful soul, but with a firm self belief, or so it seems.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

If you were looking to dip your toe in the delightful world of skin contact white wines, Sallio is the perfect introduction to the style.

This is a blend of Muscat, Semillon and Riesling from arguably Australia's best producer of 'Amber' wines. With only three days on skins and a long sleep in old wood, drinkability meets complexity here at a great price.

Sallio has all the grippy textural elements that go with the style, but the feeling it leaves you with is one of lightness and freshness to the last drop.

About Ruggabellus

Ruggabellus - meaning 'rugged beauty' - is one of the breakaway producers of the much written about 'New Barossa' movement. 

A deep connection to the land of the Barossa Valley underpins Abel Gibson's winery. Raised amongst the vines of the Barossa, the cellars of Penfolds and Rockford, with the guidance of local wine legends such as Charlie Melton and his father Rob Gibson, Abel has carved a unique path for his brand.

Ruggabellus focuses on sensitive blends of old vine Syrah, Mataro, Grenache and Cinsault from great old vineyards with freshness and vitality always the key. Oak is never new. Additions are minimal. 

The 'whites' are some of the country's finest examples of skin contact 'amber' wines. The variations on Riesling, Muscat and Semillon that are entirely world class. These are rare and truly authentic Australian wines.

Abel Gibson amongst the rugged Barossa landscape
Abel Gibson amongst the rugged Barossa landscape
Barossa Valley, SA
Reviews

Critic Reviews

94Points
The Wine Front

"The first year Sallio spent in Abe Gibson’s large, old oak vats. It saw three days on skins, basket pressed, left for almost two years to mature in the vats. It’s muscat dominant in 2015 (40%) with 31% semillon and 29% riesling. Most of the wine is co-fermented. Abe Gibson has such a calm vision for his world, despite the complexity of winemaking. A gentle, thoughtful soul, but with a firm self belief, or so it seems. This is a vision splendid, ongoing. Bright golden colour. Spiced orange, dried herbs, dried mixed peel and apply scents. Very attractive pot pourri perfume. The palate is rich-ish but set alight with a web of fine, talc-like tannin and bristling, tangy acidity. The textural components are seamlessly woven into the main body of juicy fruit, with that citrus-apple-spice character utterly delicious, as if a fine tonic or similar. Wonderful drinking here. Complexity through the roof, as is drinkability." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

For our whites we are attracted to vineyards that are rocky and closer to the sun – for us the white skins play a very important role as we explore a full and more exotic realm of flavour whilst trying to retain natural acidity, a realm of flavour we hope reflects the old, wild and mystical landscape we are lucky to now call our home amongst the hills here.

We have purchased small parcels of fruit from carefully selected vineyards. They range from 220m to 510m elevation and crucially cover a diversity of soil types. We are now the proud custodians of a beautiful old-vine vineyard at 480-510m elevation containing an interesting mix of Riesling, Semillon, Muscat and Syrah. We anticipate it will provide us valuable parcels of fruit for many years to come.

Blend : Muscat (40%), Semillon (31%), Riesling (29%)
ABV : 12.8%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Abel Gibson hard at work
Abel Gibson hard at work
Barossa Valley, SA
Shipping

Shipping & Delivery

We ship primarily with Australia Post. Their fast, easy and reliable delivery is completely FREE for any orders of $150 or more, or just $9 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like.

The vast majority of orders are dispatched from our Sydney warehouse on the same or next business day. Estimated delivery time frames can be viewed here. Please include Authority to Leave instructions in the ‘SPECIAL REQUESTS’ box during checkout if you may not be available to sign for your delivery and would like it left at your front door.

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