Delinquente Hell Riverland Red Blend 2020
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Delinquente's Hell - experimental, super small batch, boundary pushing wines.
A coming together of Italian (Montepulciano) and Portuguese (Touriga Nacional and Prieto Picudio) varieties, the aim with this wine is to make a super splashy, light, funky shoulder season red that is as drinkable as hell, but has structure and depth to stand up to closer inspection.
Picked early and treated simply, the fruit was handpicked and destemmed into one tonne open fermenters. Gentle hand plunging, post primary ferment the wine was pressed off to old oak for malo and maturation for about 8 months. Racked, and a touch of SO2 added, we then blended just prior to bottling.
This wine is very much in a natty style red vibe – but with more depth, savouriness and interest. The Montepulciano brings rustic red fruit and the meaty tannin and backbone, while the Portuguese varieties elevate the aromatics with a lovely floral lift and acidity that keeps everything playful.