Freeman Vineyards is located in the Hilltops region of New South Wales. The vineyard was established 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 kilometres on a 560-metre 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 produced from 35-year-old low-yielding vines. It is inspired by the aromatic white wines of two regions of northern Italy – Friuli and Alto Adige, a textural wine crafted from pinot gris, riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and a smidge of Aleatico.
A savoury wine created 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.
Cool spring temperatures allowed the vines to develop a good canopy that sustained the grapes through the dry summer. The ripe grapes were handpicked before the unusual late summer heat to preserve the intense grape flavours inherent in this attractive wine.
An evolving floral scent with savoury aromatics overlying a full, yet balanced structure. The palate is dominated by an amalgam of flavours and a fine body, complemented by minerality on the front of the palate and a savoury mid-palate fullness that together creates an elegant structure with lingering appeal.