Zibibbo a Vision and Summer Holidays
Two years ago almost to the day I had a chat with a friend regarding an idea of making a wine with some 70 plus year old Zibibbo vines that we grow at Ricca Terra Farms. I remember the chat well. I was laying on the sofa, feet up watching the cricket (test match), it was bloody hot outside and I was plotting the future for the old ‘Zibibbo’ girls who were planted around the time of World War Two. They needed some respect as the winery taking the grapes at the time could see no value in this piece of Riverland history.
My friend was Brad Hickey and he could see the value in our old vines and agreed to be the new foster family! At the time of harvest Brad drove from McLaren Vale to Ricca Terra Farms (Barmera) to collect the grapes which had been hand picked by an eclectic bunch of French and Italian backpackers. I knew nothing about how Brad was going to craft our Zibibbo grapes into a wine that continues to surprise and amaze consumers that are lucky enough to twist a stelvin! The combination of Zibibbo and amphora pots seems to be a perfect match!
Tomorrow I am catching up with Brad on the beach to share a bottle of 2014 Brash Higgins ZBO. I am sure we will reflect on our idea that was hatched two years ago plus discuss the up-coming 2015 vintage. I will raise a glass of ZBO to thank Brad for his vision and his support. He has shown to the world that great wines can be made from the Riverland. Similar crusaders (Sue Bell, Brad Wehr, Bendan Carter, Sam Scott and others) are also forging a strong reputation for Ricca Terra Farms as a producer of premium quality wine grapes.
As Winston Churchill once said ‘I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else’. I could not agree more with Winston’s point of view!