Freeman Secco 2014

Secco Rondinella Corvina

TASTING NOTES 

In a generous glass this mid-weight FREEMAN Secco 2014 displays attractive enveloping aromas ranging from fresh morello cherries and panforte mingled with undertones of berry compote, typically associated with dried grapes and classic Ripasso-style wines. These traits plus fruit clarity and concentration, help create the lingering approachable palate – savoury, complex and textural with a softer tannin frame and balancing acid, ensuring this wine will continue to evolve for many years yet. Works its elegant captivating charm…

 

WINEMAKING

The 2014 vintage was one of extremes starting with a late October frost that luckily did not affect the safely elevated Altura Vineyard. Then came a mid-summer heatwave that intensified sugars and accelerated ripening. These conditions resulted in both colour and flavour intensity and terrific balance in the fully ripe grapes.

 

A selection of both varieties was dried slowly for up to 10 days, the desiccated grapes added to the remaining harvest for fermentation. The young wines characterised by very intense tannins were aged separately in old oak barrels for two years, prior to blending and bottling in 2014. Subsequently, the wine was cellared another two years at 14oC to allow the tannins to integrate and enrich the palate.

 

• GOLD MEDAL, 2018 NSW WINE AWARDS

The flagship savoury Italian-inspired red blend from Australia’s only plantings of Rondinella and Corvina grapes.

 

TASTING NOTES
In a generous glass this mid-weight FREEMAN Secco 2013 displays complex and enveloping aromas ranging from fresh berries to morello cherries and panforte mingled with undertones of earthy mushroom, typically associated with dried grapes and classic Amarone wines. These traits and fruit richness help create the lingering palate – savoury, complex and textural with a soft tannin frame and balancing acid, ensuring this wine will continue to evolve for many years yet.

WINEMAKING
The grapes were progressively harvested from late April into May, three months after most varieties. A selection of both varieties was dried slowly for up to 10 days, the desiccated grapes added to the remaining harvest for fermentation. The young intense tannin wines were aged separately in old oak barrels for two years, prior to blending and bottling in 2015. Subsequently, the wine was cellared another two years at 14oC to allow the tannins to integrate and enrich the palate.

 

This full-bodied wine is intense, rich and chocolaty, with hints of dried fruit along the plum-prune spectrum. It finishes long and velvety, with the concentration to support aging through at least 2025.’

93 POINTS, WINE ADVOCATE

The flagship savoury Italian-inspired red blend from Australia’s only plantings of Rondinella and Corvina grapes.

TASTING NOTES
This mid-weight wine displays complex enveloping aromas ranging from fresh red berries to dried morello cherries and fruit cake mingled with undertones of earthy mushroom, typically associated with dried grapes and classic Amarone wines. These traits and fruit richness extend onto the lingering palate – savoury, complex and textural with a soft tannin frame and balancing acid, ensuring this wine will continue to evolve for years to come.

WINEMAKING
The grapes were progressively harvested from late April into May, three months after most varieties.

A selection of both varieties was dried slowly for up to 10 days, the desiccated grapes added to the remaining harvest for fermentation. The young intense tannin wines were aged separately in old oak barrels for two years, prior to blending and bottling in 2014. Subsequently, the wine was cellared another two years at 14oC to allow the tannins to integrate and enrich the palate.

‘Masterly. Complex. Composed. Sauvage. Sophisticated….’
PHILIP WHITE, INDAILY.COM.AU
‘A savoury delight.’
DAVID SLY, HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION