Bianco d’Alessano originates in Puglia in the South West of Italy. Normally the variety is blended with Fiano but it has found its own voice in Australia. There is only one vineyard in Australia and it is located in the Riverland and is farmed sustainably by the Ricca Terra Farms team. The variety has a unique ability to maintain high levels of acidity in hot climates.
When assessing new varieties I would normally conduct an extensive tasting but in the case of Bianco d’Alessano it was not possible as there are no examples that are imported. As there was only one example from Australia I decided to experiment and make the wine in many different ways to test what the variety could do. The grapes were picked in late march and part of them were pressed to a plastic tank. The other proportion was allowed to ferment on skins for three weeks before being pressed off to old French oak barrels. The wine was blended 90% no skin contact/10% skin contact to bottling after 5 months contact with its gross lees.