Why is Merlot such an important grape variety for Ricca Terra Farms? The answer is quality. Ricca Terra Farms ‘Loveday Vineyard’ has consistently been selected as one the highest quality Merlot vineyards in the Riverland. The grapes from this vineyard drives the wine quality for a number of Australian global wine brands.
Enhancing wine quality through clonal diversity is a management approach supported by the team at Ricca Terra Farms. Ashley Ratcliff has lead and been involved in a number of wine industry clonal diversity evaluation programs (see ‘Merlot Wonederland’ & ‘Merlot: the Cinderella in Waiting’ links below). Ricca Terra Farms has the Merlot clones 8R and Q45-14 planted at its Barmera Vineyard.
(synonyms: Alicante, Alicante noir, Bégney, Bidal, Bidalhe, Bigney, Bigney rouge, Bini, Bini Ruzh, Bioney, Black Alicante, Bordeleza belcha, Crabutet, Crabutet noir, Crabutet noir merlau, Hebigney, Higney, Higney rouge, Langon, Lecchumskij, Médoc noir, Merlau, Merlaut, Merlaut noir, Merle, Merle Petite, Merleau, Merlô, Merlot noir, Merlot black, Merlot blauer, Merlot crni, Merlot nero, Merlott, Merlou, Odzalesi,Odzhaleshi, Odzhaleshi Legkhumskii, Petit Merle, Picard, Pikard, Plan medre, Planet Medok, Plant du Médoc, Plant Médoc, Saint-Macaire, Same de la Canan, Same dou Flaube, Sème de la Canau, Sème Dou Flube, Semilhon rouge, Semilhoum rouge, Semilhoun rouge, Sémillon rouge, Sud des Graves, Vidal, Vini Ticinesi, Vitrai and Vitraille)