2023 Delinquente Tuff Nutt Bianco Pet Nat9339348005035
WINEMAKER: Con-Greg Grigoriou REGION: Riverland, SA VARIETY: Bianco d’Alessano VITICULTURE: Organic/Biodynamic
The Sherwood Estate vineyard by the proud family in Loxton has the only planting of Bianco d’Alessano in Australia with the vines coming up to 15 years old and looking as healthy and strong as ever. Fermented in stainless steel with wild vineyard yeast, the wine was bottled under crown seal to finish ferment, resulting in the Petillant Naturel, lightly sparkling style.
Lush yet thirst slaking – the Bianco Pet Nat this year goes to another level in flavour and texture. Ripe tropical fruits burst from the glass on the nose, while the palate leans into the citrus spectrum – preserved lemon, briney saltiness. With a touch of residual sugar left once the ferment gave out in bottle, the fizz is gentle while the lemon curd creaminess that envelopes your palate and provides satisfying length and generosity. Acid for days, this wine performs a true disappearing act from the bottle.
Con-Greg Grigoriou grew up on a vineyard in the Riverland, South Australia, where his father has managed wineries for over 35 years. A few years ago, while working for an advertising agency in Melbourne, he tasted his first truly interesting Riverland wine and something clicked - why weren’t people producing high-quality wines in his home region?
Greg’s idea for Delinquente Wine Co was to take advantage of the Riverland’s small vineyards planted with Southern Italian varieties, which are suited to the region’s dry Mediterranean climate. He sources grapes from trusted growers many of whom he has know his whole life, who work organically. In the cellar Greg takes this organic philosophy forward, all his wines are small-batch and single-vineyard, fermented in stainless steel with wild yeast and without acid adjustments. His aim is to make wine that is pure, drinkable and delicious - or as he would put it, “smashable”.