Freeman Secco

Freeman-RC-Secco-2013-TR.pdf
Freeman_Secco_2012_RGB_S

FREEMAN’VINEYARDS Freeman!Vineyards!is!located!in! the!Hilltops! region!of!New!South!Wales.!This!specialist! family!wine! company! was! established! in! 1999! by! viticulturist! Dr! Brian! Freeman,! previously professor! of! Wine! Science!at!Charles!Sturt!University, Wagga!Wagga. The! 175Hhectare! estate! comprises! several! elevated! vineyard! blocks! located! within! a! radius! of! 10! kilometres! on! a! 560Hmeter! ridge.! This! high! and! cool! location! and! the! wellHstructured! freeHdraining! decomposed!granite!soils!are!ideally!suited!to!viticulture.! Two! varieties! that! have! adapted! 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!AmaroneHinspired!savoury!red!wine.! True! to! Italian! tradition! a! portion! of! the! grapes! are! dried! – conveniently! in! a! neighbour’s! solarH powered!prune!dehydrator!– and!added!to!the!fresh!grapes!during!fermentation.!Subsequently,!the! wine!is!aged!two!years!in!selected!old!oak!barrels!to!mature!the!wine!rather!than!impart!oak!flavour.!! It!is!bottle!aged!for!an!additional!two!years!before!release.

VITICULTURE’&’WINEMAKING The!2013 vintage!season followed!a!dry!winter!and!spring,!but!November!rains!helped!the!vines!set! desirable!crop!levels and!provided!adequate!soil!moisture! for!even! ripening!during! the!cool!mostly,! dry!autumn.!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! 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! 14o C! to! allow! the! tannins! to! integrate! and! enrich! the! palate.

TASTING’NOTES’‘ In!a!generous glass! this!midHweight!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.