The FREEMAN Robusta Corvina 2012 continues to attract attention. The latest practised palate to  review this powerful dried grape wine is Huon Hooke who scored it a feisty 92 Points and wrote,

‘The bouquet has some foresty soubois notes as well as red berries, the palate fruity and fresh; clean, bright and loaded with berry flavours. Lovely sweet raspberry and cherry…backed by good tannins….Delicious wine.’

Brian’s latest brainwave is FREEMAN Robusta Corvina 2012, which has 16.6% alcohol – but you wouldn’t guess it when you taste it. A spectacular red wine.

 

FREEMAN Robusta Corvina 2012 is attracting some powerful comparisons…

‘Rich as James Packer and dark as Rupert Murdoch’s soul, it’s Freeman Robusta 2012!’ writes Fergal Gleeson in his http://www.greatwineblog.com

He goes on to say,

‘Freeman Robusta tastes of cherries, chocolate and Christmas pudding. It has a heady 16.6% alcohol but it carries it comfortably, finishing dry and savoury. It swats aside most Shiraz like Jonah Lomu used to do with Englishmen. A meal in itself. This is the inaugural release but Robusta could become an Australian classic.’

Gourmet Traveller Wine RED EDITION – WINES TO CELLAR nominates FREEMAN Nebbiolo 2014 as one wine that deserves cellar care…

Wine  reviewer Jeremy Oliver sipped and said,

‘One of the finer expressions of this variety in Australia, this well-constructed nebbiolo flaunts its restrained power and strength. A faintly herbal bouquet laced with fresh and preserved plums and cherries, nuances of dried herbs, red flowers and Puer tea reveals a whiff of cedary oak.

Fullish to medium in weight with a powerful core of pristine fruit wanting to explode, it’s framed by a firmish, bony spine and drives long down the palate towards a finish of freshness and balance.’

Conjuring wine scores over 95 from wine writers is a relatively rare event, to attract 95-plus concurrence from more than one wine reviewer, even harder. All of which makes the FREEMAN Secco Rondinella Corvina 2010 a high achiever.

 

Tim White ranted this wine 95 Points and declared it his Financial Review 2015 Red Wine of the Year. While Huon Hooke rated it 96 Points in Gourmet Traveller Wine. ‘ Attractive complex leather and spice aromas with hints of violets, dried cherry and plum. It’s an intense and elegant wine with a combination of grip, structure and flavour, that is all its own. Will age well.’

 

A recent bottle drawn from the winery cellar is living up to the claim.

Just launched the FREEMAN Robusta Corvina 2012 has packed a punch with the Winefront team. Mike Bennie rates it 93 POINTS and uses descriptors like ‘ Cracking wine..’ and ‘Super Stuff…’ It is Australia’s first and only home grown 100% Corvina wine made entirely from dried grapes, and joins a very small club. Very few Italian Amarone wines are pure Corvina. More lateral thinking from the FREEMAN team.

The annual Gourmet Traveller Wine Cellar Door Awards have again recognised the unique and rustic experience of a visit to FREEMAN in the NSW Hilltops (near Young). The 2017 Award is for ‘BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE’ in the region…and in winter it may be accompanied by a steaming bowl of soup and crusty bread.

As Prunevale is not on a beaten track we prefer visitors to make appointments for TASTINGS. That way we can ensure you take home memories with your wine.

Call 0429 310 309 or email sales@freemanvineyards.com.au

INDAILY.COM.AU By Philip White

 

‘If this wine’s pretty pale straw meadow aromas and delicate waft of honeydew melon oozed from a flute of the sparkling wine made in that part of France they call Champagne you’d be happily paying at least three times this price, so that’s a dollop more incentive if this fetching bouquet doesn’t suck you in far enough.

It’s a husky, freckled sort of a blonde. In keeping with that, the wine has a gentle pale flesh, inbuilt deliberately by fermenting half the assemblage in barrels and keeping that wine on yeast lees for regular stirring. So you get comforting texture made more reassuring with a barely-detectable sweetness, delivered in a slightly prickly, petillant fizz that dances right bonnie to a bagatelle of crunchy almond biscotti. I imagine my Ferrari ticking impatiently outside when I drink this.’

WINEGENIUS.COM

 

‘Good deep colour and shows savoury aromatics of blackberry with leather and earthy complexity. Dry, quite powerful, full-bodied and acid driven, it is a structural style with layers of fruit, character and dry, grainy tannins to match. Demands food and or time.’

93 POINTS

WINEFRONT By Campbell Mattinson
 
Building a proud/fine history…Savoury appeal. Mellow flavour. Assertive tannin but in an integrated way. This is good. Dust, chocolate, leather, sweet-sour cherries, tar. The flavours show some development but in a positive sense; this will be good to go anytime from now and over the next 10 years. Tannic kick, kitted with savoury character, is of particular note.’

93 POINTS

INDAILY.COM.AU By Philip White
 
Grown and made by Prof (ret.) Freeman at Hilltops on the broad uplands near Young. After a lifetime teaching people about grape vines he imported and in 1999 first established the Rondinella and Corvina varieties which are now right here in this really lovely wine. It was made from deliberately raisined grapes, although Freeman makes fair mileage from the fact that he shrinks his berries in a Prunevale neighbour’s prune dehydrator.

Stop. When I sniff this wine I shrivel. Then I melt. No reason to change this lovely fragrance. It is masterly. Complex. Composed. Sauvage. Sophisticated. Drink expectantly … once again, behind the flaps it’s a lithe, dry, blistered black bat of a drink, you guessed it, with real short furry tannin.’