Delinquente 2021 Hell Rosé

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Winemaker: Con-Greg Grigoriou

Appellation: Riverland, Australia

Grape Varieties: Negroamaro, Malvasia, Touriga

The Hell Wines are where we throw caution to the wind, get down and dirty, try new things and have a red hot go at making the most interesting, exciting and delicious wines we can from the vineyards we work with.

The Hell Rose is one that is always a bit of a mish-mash of parcels of wine that in any other situation would never be put together – but through tasting, experimentation and a bit of luck, all sort of work! The idea this year was to experiment with a backbone of Negroamaro made as a rose, and flesh that out with aromatic varieties to provide depth. Each variety was handpicked and pressed to stainless steel tank for fermentation. A wine that is all about drinkability. The Negroamaro has a lovely earthy acidity, tinglingly dry. The Malvasia brings the stone fruit sweetness and fruity aromatics, the Touriga a touch of red berry and that perfumed rose petal. Layered with interest, but gluggable as hell.

Delinquente makes small batch, minimal intervention wines from Southern Italian grape varieties grown in the Riverland, South Australia.

We were born and raised in the Riverland, surrounded by vineyards and the mighty Murray River. Delinquente is our attempt at making the best wine we can from the place we grew up. Organically grown, minimal intervention, honest, hand-made wines that not only are great fun to drink, but represent the sun, the red dirt and uniquely Australian terroir of the Riverland.

The Riverland can be very hot and very dry, particularly through the vines growing season. For that reason, we’ve chosen to work with Southern Italian grape varieties – varieties that are suited to the climate, need less water and are naturally drought resistant, are late ripening and retain natural acidity. In this way, they are more environmentally sustainable, and allow us to make wines with lower alcohol levels but heaps of freshness and flavour.

Delinquente is “delinquent” in Italian, which speaks to our desire to always buck the trend, break rules and do things our way. To that end, all of the incredible artwork for Delinquente, from the labels, to cartons, tees and even gifs, are created by our good friend Jason Koen, AKA “Ankles”. Delinquente is his passion project, evident in the intensity of his hand drawn labels which pop from across the room, and the deeply important and personal themes that they speak of.

Sometimes you’ve got to heed the call of the wild child within.

Sometimes you’ve got to go home with a bunch of grapes who’re ugly as sin.