Small batch winemakers - Amato Vino - Margaret River Wine
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In 2013, the Amato Vino adventure commenced. In collaboration with our mates at Ricca Terra Farms in South Australia, we began making wine from lesser-known Italian varieties in one of the warmest grape-growing regions in Australia: the Riverland. The Amato Vino label was thus born. Excitement flourished and during 2014 the range was extended to include Margaret River-grown alternate varieties. The label now straddles the two regions.

The Amato Vino label is the vehicle for our alternative varieties, micro-batches and ‘lo-fi’ and experimental winemaking styles. Single vineyards, handpicks, natural ferments are par for the course; incorporating minimal winemaking input, little or no adds, and unconventional vessels for fermentation/maturation – this is the wild stuff.

The two growing areas: Margaret River, where the climate is cool-to-mild and alternative varieties are a rarity, and the Riverland (SA), where hot summers are the norm and the region is home to myriad extraordinary grape varieties grown on small plots dotted along the Murray River.

Varieties include Nero d’Avola, Vermentino, Fiano, Bianco d’Alessano, Grillo, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Teroldego, Carignano, Graciano, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Trousseau/Bastardo… and more.

A Little About Our Riverland Grower

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 hot environment.

In contrast to the vast majority of Riverland grape-producers, the Ratcliffs micro-manage their vineyard, using hands-on techniques usually associated with recognised cool-climate regions such as Margaret River. Practices 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.

Tasting Notes

2014 Amato Vino Vermentino

Label Vermentino

2014 Amato Vino Nero d’Avola

Label Nero d'Avola

2014 Amato Vino Montepulciano

Label Montepulciano

Images

Amato Vino Vermentino (jpg)

Amato Vino Nero d’Avola (jpg)

Amato Vino Montepulciano (jpg)

Amato Vino trio (jpg)

Future Releases

Get excited people. From the Riverland in 2015 we will be releasing a textured savoury white from the Fiano variety, plus a new aromatic style from the very rare Grillo grape, and a delightful snappy fresh white from the equally rare Bianco d’Alessano variety.

Coming on stream from our Margaret River project we’ll be releasing our amphora-fermented Trousseau, a skins-ferment Sauvignon Blanc, plus a Tempranillo/Touriga blend.

Artwork

The artwork that adorns our Riverland Amato Vino labels is by Australian artist Liz McKay. Please direct enquiries for to Liz!

Label art for our Margaret River Amato Vino series is by winemaker Brad Wehr.