In a nutshell: A laid back, thirst quenching, smooth and fruity unoaked South Australian white.
The lowdown: With its unusual crowned capped 500ml bottle Tabula Rasa is not a wine to be taken too seriously, but is rather a delicious, fruit packed, blend representing the best characteristics of the vintage it comes from. For this, the 2018, it's a blend of mainly Semillon along with about 20% Sauvignon Blanc grown in the Adelaide Hills. The fruit had around 24 hours skin contact before crushing, pressing and fermentation. A small amount of Arneis and Petit Manseng was added during the ferment to give extra complexity and texture. It's got touches of quince and preserved lemon aromas leading to a really zesty palate of citrussy elderflower, stone fruits and almond. For a wine with no pretensions there's certainly plenty going on.
When to drink: One for informal, anytime drinking and which won't disappoint.
Founders Giles Cooke and Fergal Tynan, both holders of the gold standard Master of Wine qualification, met over a beer on the evening before the MW 1st year course and since then, there has been a certain inevitability that they would, one day, make wine together.
Wild & Wilder is all about good clean wines. Working hand in hand with their carefully chosen band of growers, they craft wines of excellent quality made from great fruit, grown with a lot of love by people who have a real passion for their art. For Giles and Fergal, who also make the highly regarded Thistledown Wines, being involved in and directing every stage of the process from bud burst to bottling means that all Wild & Wilder wines have been meticulously cared for from the vineyard onwards.