Purveyors of fine grape juice
2015 Ruggabellus Solumodo barossa valley, australia
$48

So this is 71% semillon of which this portion was on skins for almost a year.
The semillon was left in a sealed tank for that year, untouched, and pressed just before the new season semillon was picked. Riesling (21%) and muscat (8%) was blended in after the year. Judicious, thoughtful winemaking underpins this suite of orange wines from Ruggabellus. “I am lucky to get a lot of wine from Dan Clark [Addley Clark] to inspire me and help me along my way”, says winemaker Abe Gibson. “The skins of semillon are thinner than many white varieties which could be used to produce this style, and the grapes bigger, so the skin impact is much less”, explains Abe Gibson, “and green skins are avoided where possible”. Some 690 bottles here. Solumodo – the lonely way, loosely applied here to suggest how semillon works in the Eden Valley. There’s a resonance there. Abe Gibson almost having a hermetic existence in his winemaking, though his connection to community runs deep.
Golden-orange in hue. Gorgeous looking thing. Pretty perfume of dried flowers, exotic Indian spice, toffee apple, almond and marzipan whiffs, orange juice and dried peel. Incredible perfume. The palate is alive with complexity of pumice-like texture, fine, juicy fruit character, savoury spiciness and zesty acidity. It’s a compelling wine, luring a drinker in, satisfying for complexity and incredible refreshment factor. A triumph. Take a look at this, Friuli, Georgia, Brda et al! Mike Bennie - The Wine Front

Origin barossa valley, australia
Year 2015
Varietal white blend
Style elegant & complex