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2017 Fighting Gully Road Aglianico, Beechworth
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Palate: medium to full bodied, with firm but fine-grained tannins; and good acidity
Bouquet: classical varietal aromas of fennel, aniseed Dutch liquorice and fragrant red fruits
The Vintage: The season leading up to the 2017 vintage was excellent. January's temperatures were warm without being excessive while in February temperatures were consistently warm to hot. Two weeks of hot weather were experienced in early March (each day exceeding exceeding 30degrees), allowing full maturity of the fruit.
Rain fell at regular intervals throughout the season without being excessive, reducing stress on the vines.
The Vinification: Grapes were hand-picked, destemmed, crushed and fermented in small stainless-steel vats. Fermentation temperatures were controlled to retain the varieties unique aromatics and avoid the extraction of excessive tannin.
The Inspiration: A variety from southern Italy doesn't immediately come to mind as something suitable for the climate experienced in the Alpine valleys of north-east Victoria, where the vines are grown. But if climate change is real, then these vines will be perfectly suited sometime in the future as things begin to warm up. Mature vines in an ideal climate is the goal. Grown on stakes without trellising or irrigation, the vines found on the slopes of Mount Vulture in Basilicata are my benchmark.
Grape variety: Aglianico
Oak Maturation: aged for 24 months in seasoned 600 litre thick staved demi-muids