Tuff Nutt 2019 Riverland
Bianco d’Alessano is an uncommon variety from Puglia in Southern Italy, with the Loxton vineyard the only planting in Australia. 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 nose is beautifully clean for a bottle fermented wine, bright citrus mixed with bready, almost croissant-like aromas. The palate this vintage opens tight and fresh, before giving way to the classic tropical fruit characters of lychee, honeydew and pineapple that we have come to expect from this wine. The acid line cuts through this fruitiness, indicated by the 9% ABV, giving the wine an almost savoury, moreish finish, perfect for summer picnic in the park or with freshly shucked oysters.