Fighting Gully Road Chardonnay 2018 Victoria Beechworth
Fighting Gully Road Chardonnay 2018 grapefruit, melon, white stone fruit, mineral and a hint of struck match. The palate shows richness despite the lack of malolactic fermentation.
Fighting Gully Road Chardonnay 2018
The Fighting Gully Road Chardonnay 2018 is sourced from the Smith’s Vineyard in Beechworth, the first vineyard planted in the region of the modern era.
The vineyard is tended by Mark Walpole, one of the most renowned viticulturalists, not only in Beechworth, but the entire country. Walpole has done considerable work to give the Smith’s vineyard a new lease on life, painstakingly nurturing these old vines back to peak production and the results are excellent.
This is the quintessential high-impact Beechworth Chardonnay. Full of sulphide and funk and with the powerful fruit to back it up.
At Fighting Gully Road we undertake a sustainable approach to grape production. We use no insecticides and our fungicide selection includes only those that are soft on predatory mites and other beneficial insects. Herbicide use is kept to a minimum. The inter-row is sown to a permanent sward of grasses and legumes. Cultivation of the soil is not practiced; and vine prunings are mulched back onto the ground where they degrade naturally. Grass grown in the mid row is thrown onto the ground immediately under the vine to preserve moisture and increase organic matter content. Machinery operations are kept to a minimum to reduce soil compaction and minimise fossil fuel use.
Our goal is to create a diverse and dynamic system within which the vine is only one small part.
CLIMATE & SOILS
The Beechworth wine region, while relatively small encompasses many climatic niche’s. Vineyard sites can be found between 300m and 800m above sea level (a.s.l).
Annual rainfall increases with elevation. The western and lower extremity of the region receives around 600mm, through Beechworth at 550m a.s.l with 900mm; and Stanley, found at nearly 800m a.s.l receiving around 1200mm.
The Fighting Gully Road site is planted at elevations between 530 and 580m a.s.l. The heat degree day summation averages around 1600; and it received around 850mm rainfall per year. The vineyard is characterised by prevailing winds from the north-west. During the growing season these breezes have lower levels of humidity and ensure that the vines have restrained vegetative growth and remain disease free. Days are cool but the slopes surrounding the vineyard ensure cold night air drains away, so only the very lowest reaches of the vineyard are susceptible to spring frost.
The Beechworth wine region has two major and distinctly different soil types. Devonian granite intrusions into an older Ordovician mudstone to the north of the township; to the east at Mt Stanley and to the south under the Murmungee basin heated and hardened the sedimentary rock reducing its erodability. This resulted in reasonable expanses of red soils being found at elevation, wedged between the granites that would have otherwise eroded over the millennia.
The northern segment of the wine region is primarily granite derived soils; while to the south are formed from mudstones. The Fighting Gully Road vineyard is located on the extreme southern edge of the region on decomposed shales and mudstone.
The soils are extremely well drained allowing access to vineyard machinery under almost any circumstances.
Fighting Gully Road
Australia, Beechworth, Victoria
$20 – $50