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Vino Intrepido This Little Piggy Vermentino Riverland 2017


A textural, funky, and pleasing white wine. Vermentino is the next big thing.

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What happens when wine is made by a podcaster, traveller of the known and unknown wine world, father and nice guy to boot? You get Vino Intrepido. James Scarcebrook aka The Intrepid Wino is a busy lad that loves wine. In 2016 he started a project for his interest and fun to see what it is like to make wine. And to see if he can make the wines express what he had in his head. In 2017 the range expanded from one batch to several and this is the first release.

This is a lovely subtly aromatic expression of Vermentino from Ricca Terra Farms. A personal favourite variety of mine. James has managed to incorporate the varieties apricot, spice and brine as well as the all important texture. Long finishing, delicious flavours and perfectly drinkable now. It is my hot tip for summer. Service with some fried whiting.


Australia’s largest wine producing region. It is situated along the lower Murray in South Australia. Mostly it provides bulk wine and makes use of irrigation from the Murray. However, there is a slow change happening. Some great young producers are planting and producing interesting varieties that are delicious but also have low water needs.


An impressive white grape suited to warm coastal regions from Liguria down to Bolgheri and Sardinia. Rich aromatics and great texture. Personally, I think Vermentino is the next big thing. Mainly because it is delicious, but it also grows well in the Australian climate. And it ticks boxes for lovers of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.

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