Blend of Arinto and Albarino. This is boxed wine DONE RIGHT. Delinquente once again does its own take on a wine trope, boxed wine is bad and completely flips it on its head. Read on for the goods. Con-Greg Grigoriou grew up on a vineyard in the Riverland, South Australia, where his father managed wineries for over 35 years. A few years ago, while working for an advertising agency in Melbourne, he tasted his first truly interesting Riverland wine and something clicked – why weren’t people producing high-quality wines in his home region? Con-Greg’s idea for Delinquente Wine Co was to take advantage of the Riverland’s small vineyards planted with Southern Italian varieties, which are suited to the region’s dry Mediterranean climate. He buys in grapes from trusted growers who work organically and is pretty much hands-off in the winery. All his wines are small-batch and single-vineyard, fermented in stainless steel with wild yeast. His aim is to make wine that is pure, drinkable, and delicious – or as he would put it, “smashable”. To complete his vision he recruited local Adelaide street artist Ankles to design the edgy, eye-catching labels. Amid a sea of Big Wine, Delinquente has managed to convey a unique aesthetic and clear point of view: fun, uncomplicated, and terroir-driven wines that will challenge people’s perception of the Riverland. While the Delinquente wines focus on Southern and Central Italian varieties, these grapes are native to the warmer parts of Spain and Portugal and are equally at home in the sun-drenched Riverland. To this end, the Bassham family has planted a portion of their vineyard to an amalgam of hardy Iberian varieties formed to make the 1.5ltr ‘High Crimes’ white blend. Arinto and Albarino are the pick of the Iberian whites and complement each other incredibly well in a blend. Arinto maintains its highwire acidity through the most glaring of heatwaves, whilst always bringing a structured, layered, complex stone fruit and orchard fruit profile. The Albarino benefitted most from the cooler season, really showcasing its bright lemon/grapefruit citrus and mineral characters, and brings a lovely pop to this blend.