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2020 Fighting Gully Road Rosé, Beechworth
Crisp and fresh acidity are the hallmarks of a rosé made from Sangiovese grapes. Barrel fermented and aged on lees, this savoury and flavoursome wine has texture, but is completely dry.
Palate: dry, savoury and textural with refreshing acidity on the finish of the palate
Bouquet: enticing aromas of sour cherry; baked strawberry and cream
The Vintage: The 2019 vintage and the season leading up to it were in many ways like that of 2018- with heavy rain totalling over 200mm in mid-December came at a period when we were beginning to experience drought conditions like most of the country. Fortuitously the rain event re-filled the profile and assisted the vines to grow without further irrigation for the rest of the season. The mild conditions experienced in December continued on into January, but then was followed by two weeks of hot and dry weather leading into February; which with March ended up being mild and dry – ideal harvest conditions.
The Vinification: Sangiovese and Aglianico grapes were destemmed and crushed then left on skins for a short period to extract further flavour and a small amount of colour. Settled juice was transferred to barrels where fermentation took place using indigenous yeasts. Some saigneé was taken from the dry-red component of Sangiovese to add weight to the palate. The wine remained on lees for 6 months prior to bottling.
The Inspiration: Many Italian varieties are perfect for producing a dry style of Rosé, with high levels of natural acidity and savoury red fruits. Many Italian Rosato's are made in a bone-dry style, the resultant wines like this one being an attractive bright salmon colour.
Grape Variety: 98% Sangiovese, 2% Aglianico
Oak Maturation: fermented and aged on lees in seasoned hogshead and puncheons for six months