Classically a Southern Italian grape, this Aglianico is grown on
vines that are hand-pruned and hand-picked by Fighting Gully Road's Mark
A favourite of his, he only makes a handful of bottles each year. It's firm, rustic and drying with a formidable density and length that is unmistakeable.
Bold red personified.
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 2015 is a very good representation of this variety. Aged for two years in used thick staved 600 litre barrels
This wine displays lovely aromas of dark fruits with hints of leather and pepper. The palate is full-bodied with rich fruit flavours and layers of intense savoury characters of leather, pepper and game with firm tannins and acidity for structure, length and aging potential.
Fighting Gully Road is the passion project of Mark Walpole. After years working with Brown Brothers, in 1995 Mark found a block in neighbouring Beechworth, a region already known for producing premium boutique wines. The block was a mess and took him two years to clear before he could plant the vineyard. Mark was undeterred as the site was perfect, sitting at an optimum elevation of 550-575 meters on an escarpment that drops away by 200 - 300m. The elevation allows for a climate that is neither too hot nor too cold and the cooling winds keep the vines healthy, ensuring slow ripening during the day. At night, air drainage from the hillside provides milder conditions than the valleys below (similar to that found by the sea). This means that the climate of Beechworth is very similar to that in Bordeaux, resulting in elegant, structured and well-balanced wines.
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Deep red colour with a tint of purple. The bouquet is savoury with herbal and earthy overtones, a hint of 'forest floor' echoing some age development, while the palate is medium to full-bodied and very savoury, thanks in large part to lots of drying tannins.