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The 2017 vintage of Bullets Before Cannonballs is awarded Best Dry Red Wine of Show and Best Alternative Variety Wine of Show

Riverland Wine Show 2017

Ricca Terra, Riverland

Alternative varieties from one of the leading producers of this style in Australia

That the Riverland region of South Australia is now being re-imagined and reinterpreted is, in part, due to the efforts of one man - Ashley Ratcliffe. As a viticulturist, he knew that not only were some of the best Riverland vineyards undervalued but that many were planted to the wrong varieties for the climate.

Over the last few years, these vineyards have come on stream with varieties like Montepulciano, Touriga, Arinto, Fiano and Nero D'Avola to name but a few. Ashley's Ricca Terra range are vibrant, quirky, cleverly made wines that have deliciousness as their raison d'etre. More than that though, they are a beacon for the future sustainability of a previously much derided region and it is to Ashley's credit that other serious producers are now taking fruit from the region.

  • Alternative varieties which include, Nero d'Avola, Lagrein, Zibibbo, Fiano as well as superior clones of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Terra Rossa soils
  • Recognised by numerous bodies for its on-going contribution to the Australian wine industry and the environment
  • Identifies varietals most suited to a sustainable future