Amato Vino is a new project for Chief Exec Brad in collaboration with a couple of buddies from South Australia – making wine from lesser known Italian varieties in one of the warmest grape-growing regions in Australia: the Riverland.
The first wines made under Amato Vino are a 2013 Vermentino – a soft and textural, stonefruit/citrussy white wine, and a 2013 Nero d’Avola (pronounced dah-vola) – a silky smooth, lush, light-bodied, savoury red.
Ricca Terra Farms is a small vineyard property specialising in alternative southern Italian grape varieties. Owners Ashley & Holly Ratcliff selected these varieties based on their capacity to produce high quality wines in a warmer environment.
In contrast to the vast majority of Riverland grape-producers, the Ratcliffs micro-manage their vineyard, using hands-on techniques usually associated with premium regions (such as Margaret RIver), Efforts include minimal irrigation, leaf-plucking, shoot and bunch-thinning, wire-lifting and general canopy management to ensure even ripeness and low yields across the board.
The resulting wines are generous and warm, yet with a lightness of being.
The 2013 Vermentino was handpicked on Valentines Day 2013 and fermented wild to a single 1,000 litre tub. Extended lees stirring over several months provided texture, and some additional aroma and flavour. Racked off lees and bottled in late September – 70 dozen.
Also handpicked, the 2013 Nero d’Avola was fermented wild before basket-pressing to a 1,000 litre and a couple of aged oak casks. To capture the freshness and primary fruit character we bottled the Nero in late September for immediate release – 130 dozen.
Available on-line via our BUY page, or email us for specific outlets around the country. Very small production!
Get excited people. Soon to come from the Riverland project will be Grillo (the first in Australia?!), and an organically grown Montepulciano. From our Margaret River project we will be releasing Nebbiolo, Teroldego, Bastardo, Graciano and Carignan, plus a Margies version of Vermentino. Frothing with anticipation here!
The artwork that adorns the Amato labels is by Australian artist Liz McKay. All enquiries for art to Liz!