Posted on October 1st, 2010
There’s a great story behind this label. The bull, not to be confused with the other red bull, was owned by Rocco Radica. He was a farmer in the beautiful Abbruzzo region of Italy. Having sold the bull, Rocco bought some vineyard land. Rocco was mainly a grower providing grapes to the local co-op of which he was a founder.
Fast forward two generations and Rocco’s grandson, Rocco, is part of a family business making, marketing and selling their own wine. The price of grapes across the world from Barossa to Abruzzo has plummeted. However, this situation was seen as an opportunity by the Radica family and in 2009 started their own winery. Instead of selling their grapes, they now make and bottle their own wine. And it’s been worth it, the wines are terrific.
The grape is a Pecorino but isn’t that a hard sheep milk cheese? Yes it is, but in and around Abruzzo, Italians will tell you that this grape got its name from the sheep which used to nibble on the leaves of the vines on their way to new pasture.
Like many Italian grape varietals, Pecorino is a rare, long-forgotten link to the past and brought back from near extinction by the most dedicated of winemakers.
This one from Vigneti Radica has delicious fruit with floral notes backed up by a great tropical and peach stone flavours and a lovely minerality. Very interesting white and perfect for any time of year.