Terra Do Rio Tinta Amarela 2019
100% Tinta Amarela from Riverland, SA
Aroma: Cherry Liqueur + Thyme
Palate: Cranberry Juice + Mulberrry Shrub
Located in the Riverland in South Aus, the wine makers at Terra do Rio – meaning Land of River – are doing things a little differently. With the 80% of the Australian wine market being taken up by 6 grapes varietals, they instead have been dedicated to the exploration of alternative grapes, vines which would thrive in the continental climate of the Riverland. Their initial wine label Ricca Terra focused on alt Italian, but with fire in their bellies they wanted to continue the journey and created Terra do Rio to produce Portuguese varieties. This Tinta Amarela is hand pruned, hand harvested and handmade. The grape is traditionally used to make port, but is difficult to grow so is rare in Australia. This wine has been fermented via indigenous yeast in old French oak, there is no fining or filtering which gives texture (and a bit of delicious sediment). The wine is full of forest floor and savoury flavours. The relatively low alcohol adds another level of interest and complexity to this wine.