• Vintage

    2019

    The Blend

    Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional & Tinta Barroca

    The Story

    Terra do Rio (meaning Land of River) is an estate grown vineyard located in the Riverland, South Australia. This rare vineyard has been dedicated to the exploration of Portuguese grape varieties.  Our Red Field Blend consists of Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Barroca, which are hand pruned, hand harvested and handmade.

    Cases Produced

    135

    Price includes delivery in Australia.

  • Vintage

    2019

    Varietal Mix

     

    The Blend

     

    The Story

    Terra do Rio (meaning Land of River) is an estate grown vineyard located in the Riverland, South Australia. This rare vineyard has been dedicated to the exploration of Portuguese grape varieties.  Our Rosé is a field blend of  Touriga Nacional and Tinta Barroca, which are hand pruned, hand harvested and handmade.

    Cases Produced

    285

    Price includes delivery in Australia.

  • Vintage

    2019

    Varietal

    Touriga Nacional– a red grape variety that originates from Portugal. Grown on a single cordon wire, the vines that grew the grapes that made this wine were hand pruned and hand-picked. Once harvested, the grapes are placed in a cool room prior to being delivered to the winery. Touriga Nacional is a moderate yielding grape variety. Bunches and berries tend to be smaller than a number of other Portuguese varieties. Despite the moderate yields, the vineyard responsible for growing the grapes is crop thinned to ensure the desired quality is achieved.

    The Story

    The most recognised and widely planted Portuguese grape variety in Australia, Touriga Nacional has the reputation of making wines of quality. A versatile grape variety, it can be used to make red, rosé and fortified wines. The farming practices adopted in the Portuguese Paddock (the name of the vineyard that is the home of Terra do Rio) are sustainable. The use of drought tolerant rootstocks assists in limiting the amount of water needed for irrigation. Preventing fungal diseases is achieved via the application of sulphur. Mechanical methods, such as under vine knifing and mid-row slashing are employed to manage weeds, and the planting of native pine trees on the boundary of the vineyard has occurred to isolate the Portuguese Paddock from neighbouring vineyards that use commercial farming practices (prevents spray drift). The natural yeast found in the vineyard and winery fermented this wine. Old oak barrels are used to store the wine for fourteen months.

    Cases Produced

    100

    Price includes delivery in Australia.

  • Vintage

    2020

    Varietal Mix

    Arinto and Verdejo

    The Blend

    Harvested on the same day, both grape varieties were co-fermented via the use of natural yeast, which are found in the vineyard and winery.  The wine was then stored in old oak barrels up until bottling.

    The Story

    The 2020 Terra do Rio White Field Blend is the mix of Arinto and Verdejo. Why this blend? Well there is no technical or traditional reasons, but their partnership in this wine suggests that they were meant to be together. In Australia, Arinto is a relatively unknown with only a handful of plantings in the ground. This white Portuguese grape variety is hardy, capable of withstanding extreme warm weather. The erect growth habit of the vine’s canopy protects the grapes from sunburn. The fruit retains both floral/citrus aromas and natural acids throughout the ripening period and through to the time of harvest.

    Cases Produced

    200

    Price includes delivery in Australia.

  • Vintage

    2019

    Varietal

    Arinto

    The Story

    Terra do Rio (meaning Land of River) is an estate grown vineyard located in the Riverland, South Australia. This rare vineyard has been dedicated to the exploration of Portuguese grape varieties.  Our Arinto has been hand pruned, hand harvested and handmade.

    Cases Produced

    126

    Price includes delivery in Australia.

  • Vintage

    2019

    Varietal

    Tinta Amarela or Trincadeira is an extensively planted Portuguese red grape variety traditionally used to make port wine (found throughout the Douro & Alentejo regions). It is a grape variety that is rare in Australia with only very few plantings.

    The Story

    It is a large berry and bunched variety that is prone to bunch rots, making it a difficult grape variety to grow in cool and wet viticulture regions. The 2019 Terra do Rio Tinta Amarela grows in red loam soil that covers a layer of calcareous rock. The vineyard is hand pruned and hand harvested. All the grapes are picked into half tonne picking bins and chilled for 24 hrs before crushing. This wine has been fermented via indigenous yeast (wild ferment) in old French oak. The use of animal by-products has been forbidden throughout the winemaking process, so this wine is vegan friendly. This wine is unfiltered and appears cloudy. The sediment may fall out of suspension over time and create a crust in the bottle (harmless and perfect to eat)! The wine is full of forest floor and savoury flavours. The relatively low alcohol (11%) adds another level of interest and complexity to this wine. Harvested in March 2019 and bottled in August the same year.

    Cases Produced

    65

    Price includes delivery in Australia.

  • Vintage

    2019

    Varietal

    Tinta Barroca is a commonly planted Portuguese red grape variety and is one of the five officially recommended varieties used to make port. It is rarely made into a single varietal wine. It is a large berry and bunched variety, but its loose clusters avoid issues with bunch rots.

    The Story

    The 2019 Terra do Rio Tinta Barroca grows in red loam soil that covers a layer of calcareous rock. The vineyard is hand pruned and hand harvested. All the grapes are picked into half tonne picking bins and chilled for 24 hrs before crushing. This wine has been fermented via indigenous yeast (wild ferment) in old French oak. The use of animal by-products has been forbidden throughout the winemaking process, so this wine is vegan friendly. The flavours of this wine are unique! Blueberries, mint and plums. The palate is juicy with soft tannins. The relatively low alcohol (11%) adds another level of interest and complexity to this wine. Harvested in March 2019 and bottled in August the same year.

    Cases Produced

    10

    Price includes delivery in Australia.

  • Vintage

    2019

    Varietal

    Tinta Cão is a premium red wine grape varietal traditionally used in the production of Port Wine. It almost vanished from many of the vineyards in northern Portugal’s Douro Valley, its traditional home. Tinta Cão translates to 'Red Dog' and it is a variety that tends to low be low yielding and tolerant to fungal disease.

    The Story

    The 2019 Terra do Rio Tinta Cão grows in red loam soil that covers a layer of calcareous rock. The vineyard is hand pruned and hand harvested. All the grapes are picked into half tonne picking bins and chilled for 24 hrs before crushing. This wine has been fermented via indigenous yeast (wild ferment) in old French oak. The use of animal by-products has been forbidden throughout the winemaking process, so this wine is vegan friendly.A rich wine with vibrant colour. The aroma of the wine is full of berries and spices and the palate is juicy with rich with fine tannins. Harvested in March 2019 and bottled in August the same year.

    Cases Produced

    106

    Price includes delivery in Australia.