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The Vincast with Ashley Ratcliff from Ricca Terra Farms

For the past fourteen years, Ashley Ratcliff has worked for arguably Australia’s most important family-owned wine business, Hill-Smith Family Vineyards. Over those years he worked in many different elements of the business, from viticulture to marketing, operations to running one of the wineries. More recently he has established a vineyard in the Riverland – considered one of the warm-hot irrigated regions known for large volume grape production – and has been planting more alternative varieties to show the potential for these grapes in the region, particularly for high quality fruit. He has now thrown himself 100% into Ricca Terra Farms, and even has other plans for the future.

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Ashley Ratcliff from Ricca Terra Farms

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Let’s Taste – Amato Vino Montepulciano 2015

Winemaker and raconteur Brad Wehr was my guest on Episode 58 of my wine podcast The Vincast. He talked about challenging the status quo of wine, particularly in his base of Margaret River, Western Australia. One of the tent-poles on which he has established himself is the Amato Vino brand, which focuses on alternative grapes, particularly Italian varieties. Not only does he source grapes in WA, but also from the future icon vineyard – Ricca Terra Farms – based in the Riverland, South Australia. The wine I opened on this episode is the Montepulciano 2015 from this very vineyard, let me know what you think in the comments below, be sure to like and subscribe as well!

Amato Vino Montepulciano 2015

Amato Vino Montepulciano 2015

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The Vincast with Iain Riggs from Brokenwood Wines

Iain Riggs is one of the most respected winemakers in Australia, with decades of experience making wine from regions across the country, as well as a wine show judge. He has been at the helm of Brokenwood Wines in the historic Hunter Valley for some time, elevating them to one of the top producers of semillon and shiraz in Australia. Having worked closely with the likes of Len Evans and his incredible tutorial, Iain took the reigns of this illustrious institution when Len passed away. Iain joined me on the podcast while he was recently in Melbourne, and we talked about his background and his views on Australian wine.

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Let’s Taste – Samu Nero d’Avola Lagrein & Nero d’Avola Merlot 2015

Sam Underdown, owner of Samu Wines, contacted me recently after seeing some of my other Let’s Taste videos. He was down in Melbourne and hand delivered his two wines from the 2015 vintage for me to taste. Here are my impressions, let me know what you think in the comments.

Samu Nero d'Avola Merlot 2015

Samu Nero d’Avola Merlot 2015

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February 19, 2016 · 5:24 pm

Let’s Taste – Delinquente 2015 Wines

The guys from Delinquente Wines got in touch with me through my website, asking if I’d be interested in tasting the new 2015 releases. With labels like these I was intrigued, so I had a taste and here are my impressions. Fruit is sourced from the Ricca Terra Farms vineyards in Riverland, and as many would know I love Italian grapes.

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Delinquente 2015 Wines

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September 1, 2015 · 11:06 am

Let’s Taste LIVE – Unico Zelo 2015 Whites with Brendan & Laura Carter

Winemakers Brendan & Laura Carter joined me LIVE on Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino, taking me through a range of their new release Unico Zelo white wines. Make sure to buy the wines at Different Drop while they still last. Listen back to the episode of The Vincast podcast with Brendan to hear the story of Unico Zelo.

Wines tasted;
Jade & Jasper Fiano 2015
River Sand Fiano 2015
Slate Farm Fiano 2015
Chopsticks Spice Blend 2015
Flint & Fire Pinot Grigio 2015

Laura Carter, The Intrepid Wino and Brendan Carter

Laura Carter, The Intrepid Wino and Brendan Carter

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August 5, 2015 · 9:26 pm

The Vincast with Brad Wehr from Amato Vino

When Brad Wehr began selling wine called Wine By Brad, using very distinctive packaging that was quite different to the more traditional style, and actually marketing it to new customers, it caused quite a stir. As far as wine goes, Margaret River is fairly conservative, in contrast to the surfing image it has. So Brad has definitely turned heads over the years, and has continued to do so more recently as he focuses on alternative varieties with Amato Vino.

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