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2019 Fighting Gully Road Petit Manseng ‘Moelleux’, Beechworth
SKU Petit Manseng ‘Moelleux’
Our first Petit Manseng made in the traditional style of the Jurançon, of south-west France. Harvested late in April this complex wine has unique aromas of mango, lychee and pineapple; while on the palate, richness is softened by the varieties citrus-like acidity, giving a fresh finish to the wine.
The palate: textural, luscious with flavours of tropical fruits; and fresh cleansing acidity
The bouquet: ripe pineapple, mango, candied citrus and Acacia blossom
The Vintage: Growing season conditions varied considerably. Early season temperatures were mild followed by a deluge of over 150mm of rain in early December; and another 40mm in late December. This provided considerable soil moisture reserves for the hot January which followed. A fortnight of days above 30 degrees from mid to late January, were trying but February temperatures declined and fruit was harvested in mid-February without delay.
The Vinification: Grapes were harvested at the end of the season when fully ripe and partially shrivelled. They were then crushed and allowed to soak on skins to allow sugar from dried berries to become released prior to pressing. Juice was transferred to barrel where fermentation and maturation took place.
The Inspiration: One of the great dessert wines of the World, the Jurancon Moelleux's combine exotic flavours and high natural acidity to produce a complex sweet wine without the influence botrytis.
Grape Variety: 100% Petit Manseng
Oak Maturation: fermented and aged on lees in seasoned French oak and new Acacia barriques for 10 months