About the Wine
Tinta Barocca is not a variety you see every day in Australia.
There are very few plantings of it anywhere in the country, save for a few old plots where it was used for making fortified. This Portugues native ripens early and packs a fair amount of punch. With the rising popularity of wines made from Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional across the country, vigneron Ashley Ratcliff is backing Tinta Barocca to be the next big thing.
His first release of the variety is a light and crunchy red wine - something not too dissimilar to Boujelaise nouveau in style and feel. It can take a little chill, or not, what ever you like.
As far as refreshing reds go, this is right up there.
About Ricca Terra
Ashley Ratcliff is one of the Riverlands most forward-thinking viticultural minds. After leaving Yalumba to set up his own Riverland vineyard, he began investigating the potential for obscure alternative varieties in his chosen region. Varieties that retain acidity in the heat, such as Fiano and Arinto have struck a cord, as well as Nero d'Avola, Negroamaro and Tinta Barocca which thrive in warmer climes.
His Ricca Terra Vintners label showcases these interesting varieties and their suitability to our climate. Whether straight varietal wines or creative blends, every wine is deliciously approachable and superb value for money.
Ash is one of the most important viticulturalists in Australia and his passion and knowledge are vital to the future of the Australian industry.