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Fortuna Pinot Gris Plus 2012
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JAMES HALLIDAY AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION 2015

'Pinot gris plus indeed – A thoroughly satisfying blend of complex flavours and tangy freshness.'

94 POINTS

 

THE AUSTRALIAN WINE ANNUAL 2015

'Deliciously wild and spicy with an evolved waxy and floral bouquet of stonefruit, pear and apple...with a nutty core of vibrant, lively flavour that extends towards a soft, savoury and gentle finish.'

91 POINTS

 

LAUNCESTON EXAMINER

By Winsor Dobbin

'An intriguing dry savoury white wine.'

Fortuna Pinot Gris Plus 2009
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AUSTRALIAN WINE VINTAGES 2013

by Rob Geddes MW

 'Blending pinot gris, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc is rare in Australia. Complex floral aromas of daphne...and spiced pear...'


90 POINTS

AUSTRALIAN WINE VINTAGES 2012

by Rob Geddes MW

 'This is juicy in youth with round rich flavours and zingy acidity turning savoury with age. A great food wine.'

90 POINTS

VOI TUTTI

by Philip Rich

 'The idiosyncratic and terrific blend...with its nod to the wines of Friuli in Italy's far north-east has aromas of pear, apple, lemon, white flowers and even a little aniseed leading on to the palate which is textured, refreshing and long.'

DELICIOUS MAGAZINE

by Mike Bennie

'A textural rich wine with heady aromatics and a mineral vein.'

 

 

Fortuna Pinot Gris Plus 2008
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GOOD WINE GUIDE 2011 – 'BEST OF THE REST' – PINOT GRIS

by Nick Stock

'Described as Pinot Gris ‘Plus’ on the label; Brian Freeman has added some riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and aleatico – if only more winemakers were similarly inspired. This is a beautiful-smelling wine, with rich, sweet pears and poached apple, some citrus, fresh basil leaf and melon too. The palate has terrific intensity and verve; clear acid cut holds pear drop and citrus flavour in long and deep. Low-yielding vines really deliver convincingly here.’

93 POINTS (= 'Seriously great wine with all aspects of style and quality in top form. Well ahead of the pack.')

GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE – STAR PERFORMERS

by Nick Bulleid

'A lovely full-flavoured wine that's round in the mouth after a soft entry, before a savoury texture. Peter Bourne described it as 'pink grapefruit, honey, gentle.'

89 POINTS + 4 Stars

 

AUSTRALIAN WINE BUSINESS TOP 100

by Nick Stock

'This is a handy blended white, a beautiful nose with rich fragrance, pears and poached apples, some citrus and melon too. The palate has juicy intensity and verve; clear acid cut holds pear and citrus flavour in balanced shape.'

93 POINTS

WINEFRONT

by Gary Walsh

'A quirky blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Aleatico and a couple of Poppers stolen from some children’s lunch boxes.Brown apple, pear, a touch of mineral/petrol, stonefruit etc. etc.  so a complex spectrum of fruit flavours. It’s dry and textural with some phenolic grip and has a waxy sort of mouthfeel, for want of a better descriptor. Nice tweak on the finish with some pithy bitter lemon flavours. It’s a weighty powerful wine that would complement food really well and I’ve written ‘Foodies Wine’ in my notes, which is my shorthand for that sort of thing. All very interesting. '

 90 POINTS

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW MAGAZINE

by Philip Rich

'A terrific blend...with its nod to the blended wines of Friuli. Aromas of pear, apple, lemon, white flowers – even a little aniseed - lead into the textured, refreshing, long palate.'

 

AUSTRALIAN WINE VINTAGES 2011

by Robert Geddes MW

'Blending pinot gris, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc is a path rarely travelled in Australia. This is juicy in youth with round rich flavours and zingy acidity turning savoury with age.'

4 Stars, 2008 Vintage 90 POINTS

 

GOURMET TRAVELLER - TOP DROPS

Max Allen

‘A marvelously textural example of the multi-varietal Friulian-inspired blend. Rich tasting...this is both honey-soft and tangy.'

 

HOUSE & GARDEN - TONI'S TOP DROPS

Toni Paterson MW

‘Although pinot gris is on the label it's the other varieties in the blend that are responsible for its charm. Enjoy the floral fresh pear and lemon flavours.'

 

GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE
Max Allen + Will Studd

‘Combines a mouth-filling, creamy richness of texture with a lively tang – the perfect balance of characters to complement Asiago ewe’s milk cheese.’

 

CENTRAL WESTERN DAILY
David Cumming

'Aromas of lemon, melon, minerals and candy with a whisper of herbs.
The full flavoured palate includes…grapefruit and sherbert with a subtle smokiness and a pleasant bite on the back palate.'

Fortuna Pinot Gris Plus 2007
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WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
Max Allen

‘If you’re adventurous and want to try an innovative Australian white blend, look out for FREEMAN Fortuna – richly textured, complex and perfumed.’

 

PENGUIN GOOD AUSTRALIAN WINE GUIDE 2009
Nick Stock

‘Superbly appealing white blend…’
RATING 92 Points

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW MAGAZINE
Philip Rich

‘This unconventional blend is a great example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Textured without being heavy and with no variety dominating it will be fascinating to follow this over the next three to five years.’


SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

Greg Duncan Powell

‘...would stump anyone in an options game. Cleverly made and Italian-styled, it's rich with a minerally backbone _ a good partner to fennel based salads.'

WINESTATE

‘Musky perfumed nose with nice peach-like characters. Long, rich, flavoursome palate with generous mouth-filling sweet fruit. Has complexity and a warm finish.’
RATING 4 Stars

 

CANBERRA TIMES
Fergus McGhie

‘One of the most interesting whites I have tried in some time…with pear and dried apricot and aromas of musk, it has plenty of texture and firm tannins to finish.’
RATING 4 Stars

 

ADELAIDE NEWS
Tony Love

‘What a blend. With heady sweet and ripe white fruits and blossom at the start, what follows in the mouth is quite surprising, more paperbark-like savouries, quite intense, unique and primary flavoured. A lovely exploration.’

RATING 92 Points

 

EAT & DRINK

Chris Hayes
‘Fleshy, rounded but zesty with lively acidity and harks to blends from Italy’s northeast. Give me dappled sunshine and some smoked trout and I’ll dream of Italy.’

 

CENTRAL WESTERN DAILY

David Cumming
‘A cunning blend...very floral with lifted citrus, lime, lemon and lychee aromas. A touch of spice and herbaceousness are also evident. Tropical fruit salad flavours are complemented by musk and rose petals...It is an interesting mix of flavours that somehow work well together.'

 

Fortuna Pinot Gris Plus 2006
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WINE REPORT 2008
'WORLD'S 100 MOST EXCITING WINE FINDS'
Tom Stevenson MW

‘This is a powerful, intense, aromatic white of serious quality...I shall certainly follow the vintages of this seemingly special wine.'

 

WINEFRONT
Mike Bennie

‘Bright golden colour, but light, vibrant. Not ageing to the eye. Phwaor! Tangy and fresh! Super lively wine with green herbal edges and then the complexing nuttiness of chardonay giving some depth and width. Finishes with pleasingly bitter tang, bringing refreshment factor on high. Complex wine, lots jostling around – not profound, but geez it works well. Pleasing!'

91 POINTS

 

WINE REPORT 2008
'WORLD'S 100 MOST EXCITING WINE FINDS'
Huon Hooke

‘This dry white blend of five variaties is Friuli-inspired and substantially more fruit-forward and grapey than Friuli's own. It has very good depth of flavour and is more interesting than any of the grapes would be singly. It points to a healthy new direction for mono-white-varietal-obsessed Australia.'

 

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, Good Living

Huon Hooke
TOP AUSSIE WHITE


‘This is an innovative blend of pinot gris, riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and aleatico, from the Hilltops region, cast in a Friuli mould. Ripe nectarine, peach, chardonnay-like aromas, a hint of older barrel influence; seamlessly smooth – a caress for your palate.’
RATING  91 Points

 
GOURMET TRAVELLER

Max Allen

‘An inspired vineyard blend of pinot gris, riesling, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and the spicy grape aleatico – amazingly complex and richly textural. A great new direction for Aussie white wine.’

 

DON'T BUY WINE WITHOUT ME 2008
Ken Gargett

‘This wine is downright un-Australian, in the nicest way. Based on the style they make in the Alto Adige region of northern Italy, with really savoury characters and fine acidity,it doesn't taste like anything else we make.' The blend is mind-boggling - pinot gris, riesling, sauv blanc, chardonnay and a dollop of aleatico - but whatever went in what comes out is fabulous. Herbal notes, pears and persistence. Let's hope it inspires a heap of imitators.'
RATING 92 Points


AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY STYLE

Robin Ingram

‘Named after the multi-faceted Roman goddess Fortuna who was bold, generous and popular. Not a bad choice of name for a wine that entices with its aroma, and delivers generous levels of structure, flavour and balance.’


GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE

Judy Sarris

‘Inspired by wines from northern Italy, it is an unusual and savoury blend crafted from handpicked pinot gris, riesling, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay grapes with a splash of aleatico thrown in for good measure. It’s a wonderful drop.’