TROPHY BEST MATURE DRY RED
2011 + 2009 NSW WINE AWARDS
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.
Two varieties that have adapted extremely well to this location are Rondinella and Corvina – the classic Amarone varieties that originate from the Veneto region of northern Italy. Brian Freeman secured just six cuttings of each to establish Australia’s only planting of these unique grapes, which he crafts into an Amarone-inspired trophy-winning savoury red wine. True to Italian tradition a portion of the grapes are dried – conveniently in a neighbours solar-powered prune dehydrator – and added to the fresh grapes during fermentation. Subsequently, the wine was aged in selected old oak barrels in order to mature the wine rather than impart oak flavour.
An evolving scent of dried cherries with savoury aromatics overlying blackberry fruit aromas. The palate is dominated by ripe, fine tannins that are balanced with acid on the front of the palate and a savoury, velvety fullness on the middle palate. The wine has a persistent tannin structure, which will support graceful ageing for many years.
Huon Hooke, GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE
‘The Freeman label is a relative newcomer to Australian wine,
but it is one of the most exciting.’
93 Points, BIG RED WINE BOOK 2009/2010
‘Brian Freeman’s blend continues apace….’
92 Points, Nick Stock