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 andviticulturist, 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-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. BrianFreeman secured just six cuttings of each to establish Australia’s only planting of theseunique 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 neighbourssolar-powered prune dehydrator – and added to the fresh grapes during fermentation. Subsequently, the wine is aged in selected old oak barrels for two years in order to mature the wine rather than impart oak flavour. Subsequently, it is bottle aged for an additional two years before release.
The 2007 vintage marked the mid-point of the 10-year drought – the driest year experienced to date. The dry growing season remained warm with shoot growth ceasing at flowering in early November. Autumn was cool with consistent cool nights, nevertheless vintage started early on 10 March. These grapes were dried slowly for up to 10 days, and the remaining grapes handpicked commencing on 19 March.
The young wines charcaterised by very intense tannins were aged separately in old oak barrels for two years, prior to blending and bottling in March 2009. Subsequently, the wine was cellared for another two years at 14oC to allow the tannins to slowly integrate with appealing intense dark plum and aniseed flavours. This savoury, deep and textural Amarone style blend displays a distinctive dried cherry nose and a persistent, long, lightly puckering palate. Even more complex than previous vintages!
TOP 100, DOUBLE BLUE GOLD MEDALS
2011 SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION