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2014 Fighting Gully Road Aglianico

Beechworth

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Our Price: $35.99 / bottle (RRP: $40.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'The bouquet is shy and mellow, dried cherry with a note of fresh earth. It's medium to full-bodied and very savoury, with abundant drying tannins.'
95 Points - Huon Hooke

  • Fighting Gully Road is one of those smaller producers that we absolutely love. Minimal interventionist winemaking, using premium fruit, and site specific vineyards with distinct soil types and terroir. What's not to love?

    Vigneron Mark Walpole bought the FGR site in 1995, and spent 2 years cleaning it of scrub, old tree stumps and rabbits! The first vines were planted in 1997 to Cabernet and Merlot, with Pinot Noir the following year.

    From these early years, Mark has expanded his plantings to include several Mediterranean varieties such as Sangiovese, Aglianico and Tempranillo, and has incorporated the Smith Vineyard (the oldest vineyard in Beechworth, planted 1978), which he has leased since 2009.

    Mark's 2014 Aglianico is a wine that would turn the heads of even the most patriotic Italian! Savoury and earthy, with a core of dusty, red fruits, this is a wine that matches perfectly with hearty Italian fare. Very limited stocks available!

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Aglianico is traditionally a southern Italian variety as it loves sun and warmth. In the right season Beechworth, where Fighting Gully Road hails from, provides this warmth and the 2014 is a very good representation of this variety. It is full-bodied with firm tannins and high acidity; showing typical fragrant aromas, with savoury leather and pepper on the palate. Firm tannins and fresh acidity will allow this wine to age for some time but if you want to drink it young, give it some air and match it with rich fatty meat. Aged for two years in used 600 litre barrels.

    TASTING NOTES

    A spicy, perfumed aroma lifts out of the glass, with dusty, rustic red fruit notes. The palate is sour red berry, and cranberry characters, with firm tannin and lovely, soft oak tones on the finish. Savoury and charming.

  • REVIEWS

    'Deepish red with a trace of purple; the bouquet is shy and mellow, dried cherry with a note of fresh earth. It's medium to full-bodied and very savoury, with abundant drying tannins. The acidity sticks out a bit. A very solid, dense, tannic Italian-style red, which is a very decent replica of the Italian model. Long, mouth-watering finish. Very table-worthy. Great with pizza.'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    'Alpine Valleys and aglianico, what will they think of next? Mark Walpole grows the grapes, which is a very good thing. Black currants, black olive, pepper, lavender, sour cherry. This has some pep. Crisp in the palate, really nice sour tang through the fuller figured wine but with ripe red fruits washing around too. Tannins sheath the fruit, firm up through the sandy, dusty finish, though a corkscrew of fresh acidity helps things along. Really lovely drinking; I like the structure and added interest here.'
    93 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

    'The individually staked, hand-trained vines were not irrigated or fertilised, the wine then made with minimal intervention. A totally intriguing wine, with an opulent, almost decadent bouquet, fitting given the strong colour. The palate has black cherry, glace cherry and warm spices throughout, the tannins present but soft. Very, very interesting.'

    93 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion



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