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Delinquente 'Tuff Nutt' Bianco Pet Nat 2023 (750 ml)

Delinquente 'Tuff Nutt' Bianco Pet Nat 2023 (750 ml)

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Lush yet thirst slaking – the Bianco Pet Nat this year goes to another level in flavour and texture. Ripe tropical fruits burst from the glass on the nose, while the palate leans into the citrus spectrum – preserved lemon, briney saltiness. With a touch of residual sugar left once the ferment gave out in bottle, the fizz is gentle while the lemon curd creaminess envelopes your palate and provides satisfying length and generosity. With acid for days, this wine performs a true disappearing act from the bottle. 

Fermented in stainless steel with wild vineyard yeast, the wine was bottled under crown seal to finish ferment, resulting in the Petillant Naturel, lightly sparkling style. The Sherwood Estate in Loxton North, owned by the Proud family, has the only planting of Bianco d’Alessano in Australia – a late ripening, aromatic variety that holds acid beautifully and is completely at home in the hot dry Riverland climate.

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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.

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