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Delinquente, Screaming Betty Vermentino 2020
"Sometimes you've got to go home with a bunch of grapes who're ugly as sin". Proving that ugliness and deliciousness aren't mutually exclusive, the Screaming Betty will have you doing a lot less hollerin' and a lot more swallowin'. Originating in the Sardinia region of Italy, this Vermentino-packed drop of distinction from the singular Delinquente is one that you'll want to scream about once you're done gulping - if you're ever done, that is. Citrus hits from a clean, crisp and florally lifted band of grapes, the Screaming Betty ain't no "one glass wonder". So warm up those vocal chords and get howling while you can, because once you try the Screaming Betty, ain't nothing else coming in or going out of that lucky gob of yours.
Wild fermented in stainless steel, the wine also spent 6 weeks on fine lees, giving it a beautiful, textural edge not often found in Australian Vermentino’s. It is un-fined, unfiltered, minimal SO2.
Con-Greg Grigoriou grew up on a vineyard in the Riverland, South Australia, where his father managed wineries for over 35 years. A few years ago, while working for an advertising agency in Melbourne, he tasted his first truly interesting Riverland wine and something clicked - why weren't people producing high-quality wines in his home region? Con-Greg's idea for Delinquente Wine Co was to take advantage of the Riverland's small vineyards planted with Southern Italian varieties, which are suited to the region's dry Mediterranean climate. He buys in grapes from trusted growers who work organically, and is pretty much hands-off in the winery. All his wines are small-batch and single-vineyard, fermented in stainless steel with wild yeast. His aim is to make wine that is pure, drinkable and delicious - or as he would put it, 'smashable'. To complete his vision he recruited local Adelaide street artist Ankles to design the edgy, eye-catching labels. Amid a sea of Big Wine, Delinquente has managed to convey a unique aesthetic and clear point of view: fun, uncomplicated and terroir-driven wines that will challenge people's perception of the Riverland.
James Suckling 88pts (2018) - A little thin with sliced green apples and almonds. Medium body. Crisp finish. Drink now