Freeman Vineyards is located in the Hilltops region of New South Wales. The vineyard was established in 1999 by Dr Brian Freeman, a prominent Australian wine industry figure and viticulturist who was previously the professor of Wine Science at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.
The 40-hectare estate comprises several elevated vineyard blocks located within a radius of six kilometers on a 560-meter ridge. This high and cool location and the well-structured free-draining decomposed granite soils have proven ideally suited to viticulture.
Fortuna is a field blend of five varieties inspired by the aromatic white wines of two regions of northern Italy – Friuli and Alto Adige. It has been crafted from pinot gris, riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and a smidge of Aleatico.
The aim was to produce a savoury wine by combining the natural and complementary attributes of the chosen varieties rather than applying winemaking magic to create complexity and structure. Pinot gris provides pear flavour and savouriness, riesling contributes acidity and minerality, chardonnay rounds the palate weight, and sauvignon blanc livens the palate. The splash of Aleatico heightens the aromatics of this unique wine.
An evolving floral scent with savoury aromatics overlying a full, yet balanced structure. The palate is dominated by ripe flavours and an elegant supple body, complemented by cleansing acid on the front palate and a lingering savoury fullness.
• ‘WORLD’S 100 MOST EXCITING WINE FINDS IN 2008’
- TOM STEVENSON MW, WINE REPORT 2008
• ‘Top 40’ – 2006 NSW WINE AWARDS