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Fighting Gully Road Pinot Noir 2018

Fighting Gully Road Pinot Noir 2018 Victoria Beechworth

$29.55

Fighting Gully Road Pinot Noir 2018  Typical from the exposed Fighting Gully Road site, the mid palate exhibits ripe berry fruits with a fine line of acidity and tannin running throughout. It has a structure unlike many examples of Australian Pinot Noir, more akin to wines from Pommard.

Fighting Gully Road Pinot Noirs have a capacity to age for up to 10 years.

 

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Fighting Gully Road Pinot Noir 2018

Fighting Gully Road Pinot Noir 2018  Typical from the exposed Fighting Gully Road site, the mid palate exhibits ripe berry fruits with a fine line of acidity and tannin running throughout. It has a structure unlike many examples of Australian Pinot Noir, more akin to wines from Pommard.

Fighting Gully Road Pinot Noirs have a capacity to age for up to 10 years.

The Story

Under the helm of winemaker Mark Walpole, previously chief winemaker at Brown Brothers in Rutherglen for ten years and also more recently winemaker at the highly regarded Greenstone vineyard in Heathcote. Today Walpole is regarded as one of Australia’s leading and busiest viticulturists, especially where Italian and Spanish varieties are concerned. He says there is now an impetus to look at more sustainable varieties that are better suited to our warm (and warming) climate, hence those from the Mediterranean. Mark is joined in the vineyard by Adrian Rodda, and they make an impressive, if not seemingly laid back. The wines that are being crafted are some of the most exciting in the region.

M+Q Notes

The mid palate exhibits ripe berry fruits with a fine line of acidity and tannin running throughout. It has a structure unlike many examples of Australian Pinot Noir, more akin to wines from Pommard. This wine has the capacity to age for up to 10 years.

Food Suggestion

Confit Duck Leg

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.

Additional information

Brands

Fighting Gully Road

Country

Australia, Beechworth, Victoria

Price

$20 – $50

Varietal

Pinot Noir

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