Sangiovese

Freeman-Vineyards-Sangiovese-2015

Sangiovese-2016-TR2.pdf

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.! From!the!outset!Brian!Freeman!concentrated!on!northern!Italian!origin!varieties,!notably!Australia’s! only! plantings! of! Rondinella! and! Corvina! that! produce! the! trophyHwinning! FREEMAN! Secco.! Not! content!with!just! this!duo,!Brian!Freeman!also!planted!Sangiovese,! the illustrious!grape!of!Tuscany,! and!Nebbiolo. Like! its! northern! Italian! siblings,! Sangiovese! has! adapted! extremely! well! to! the! Hilltops! terroir! and! continental! climate – typical! warm! days in! spring! and! summer and! cool! nights! vital! to! cultivating! balance!and!complexity.

VITICULTURE &’WINEMAKING The!Sangiovese!block!on! the!Altura!estate!vineyard!was grafted!onto!40HyearHold!vines!in!2010!and! already!the!vines!are!producing grapes!with!powerfully concentrated!flavours. The!fully!ripe!crop!was thinned!to!achieve!a!yield!of!7 tonnes/hectare, a!preHrequisite!for!balance!in!both!the!vines!and!wine. The!2016 vintage!was!our!earliest!harvest!ever,!starting!in!late!January,!a!result!of!a!low!rainfall!year! and!consistently!warm!conditions!leading!to!a!hot,!persistently dry summer.!In!other!words,!it!was!a! season! that! conjured!full! ripeness and! powerful! balanced! flavours.!The!grapes!were! picked! in!midH March! and! gently! basketHpressed after! fermentation! on! skins! for! 10! days before! 12! months! maturation!in!old!oak.

TASTING’NOTES’ FREEMAN’ Sangiovese’ 2016 is! a! captivating bright! garnet! hue! with! appealing! aromas! of! Morello! cherry!and!dried! herbs! over!a!gently! spicy! frame.!The!midHweight! palate!is! plush!with! rich! flavours and!underlying!ripe!fruit,!subtle!oak!and balancing!fineHgrained!tannins.!!