ADELAIDE | Riot Wine Co started in 2016 with the belief of founder and wine maker Tom O’Donnell, that kegs and cans, despite their unfavourable image in the wine world, are the superior way in which to store and serve wine.
The arguments for this are many. Stainless steel kegs and aluminium cans are not negatively affected by light (UV), oxygen, or heat. This means that wine is kept in as optimal a state as possible before it’s ready to be enjoyed. It’s also more sustainable, and easier to transport and store.
The kegs are poured using nitrogen, an inert gas, so the first time the wine is exposed to Oxygen is when it is poured from the tap. it’s like a new bottle is being opened for every glass. Likewise the cans are pressurised with nitrogen so that when is it cracked and consumed it tastes just like Tom tasted it in the winery.
As for the wines themselves. Tom grew up in McLaren Vale, which contains some of the oldest Grenache vines in Australia. It’s no surprise then, that Grenache is one of the core wines available at Riot, and the grape that forms the basis of Riot’s rosé.
Along with those two wines, you’ll also find Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Pinot Noir, along with seasonal and vintage releases. Do try their rosé spritz, a rosé-based spritzed cocktail with 10 natural botanicals including blood orange, passionfruit and elderflower. It’s a real warm weather quencher.
Riot’s cannery is one of the best places to try their wines. It’s a bright, colourful warehouse space that offers take away sales an wine tastings. On tap you’ll find the core range of wines, along with seasonal and vintage releases. There are also some pretty unique collaborations, like the riesling-pilsner hybrid done with Pirate Life. Somehow it works.
Riot Wine Co
59 Torrens Road
South Australia 5007
Telephone: (08) 8448 9902
Wed – Sun: 11:00am to 4:00pm