Ricca Terra Pet Nat

Regular price $32.00

Winemaker: Ashley Ratcliffe

Appellation: Riverland, Australia

Grape Varieties: Zibibbo & Vermentino

Have you ever sat in a billy cart, on top of a hill, anticipating a bumpy and somewhat unsafe journey to the bottom? This gut wrenching feeling is somewhat similar to what we experienced when crafting our Pet Nat wines. A billy cart and a Pet Nat wine are built in the same workshop! There is no owner’s manual, their success comes from much trial and error and tinkering! The early days generally ended in disaster. Wheels coming off mid-race or bottles exploding and gushing a sea of foam. All ending in disappointment and tears.

Thankfully those early days are behind us. The learning of the past has brought sophistication to the forefront. Billy carts have suspension and reliable steering, and Pet Nat wines now have a perfect fizz and delicate flavours. The 2022 Ricca Terra Pet Nat is a great example of the evolution of wine in Australia. 

When the wine ferments to compete dryness, meaning all the sugars from the grapes are converted to alcohol, a small addition of unfermented grape juice is added at the time of bottling. This unfermented juice begins and finishes its fermentation process in the bottle, which creates the bubbles/fizz in this wine.

The Ratcliffs have made a name for themselves initially as the source for many of Australia’s most well-known next-gen wines focused on these alternative varieties. Producers from hours away in McLaren Vale sought out the fastidious farming of the Ratcliffs and their selection of unusual grapes.

Today Ricca Terra’s spread of vineyards is in excess of 80ha, and they are one of the largest growers of climate adaptive grape varieties in South Australia, while focusing on the growth of their own estate wines. The Ricca Terra label showcases these interesting varieties and their suitability to the changing (read, warming) climate. Whether straight varietal wines or creative blends, every wine is deliciously approachable and superb value for money.

In 2021 the Australian wine world took notice of the hard work and determination by awarding Ricca Terra the inaugural Young Gun award for Innovative Vineyard of the Year.