The Wild Ride 2018
Following the success of our iconic “The Ball Buster”, we were looking to add to our range. Bruno had been working on a GSM blend and it wasn’t coming together. Frustrated, Bruno jumped on his Ducati motorcycle to go on one of his road trips to get out and see things from a different perspective. Great for all concerned as he came home from his “Wild Ride” with a new blend in mind, a SGM of Shiraz , Grenache and Mataro. This baby took a long time to make as he unraveled what he was meant to find!
There is a following of people who prefer this wine for its softer style than “The Ball Buster”. Grab a bottle and enjoy your own ride while reading the humour of the back label
The grapes used to make up the 2018 Wild Ride are sourced from three different vineyard sites located throughout the Barossa – approx. age of vineyards is 20-80 years. The Wild Ride is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro/Mourvedre – a “SGM”. The differing vineyard sites and grape varieties adds to the multiple characters and layers of the Wild Ride blend.
All grapes are picked when physiologically ripe to obtain peak ripeness in terms of sugar and flavor. The grapes are de-stemmed into open tank fermenters The pH is adjusted and fermentation takes place over 7 days at a temperature of approx. 24 degrees centigrade. Plunging and pumping over takes place 3 times a day. The wine is then pressed using a traditional Basket Press. Maturation occurrs in barrels for 24 months in a combination of older French and American oak