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.
The 2015 Cabernet is a beautiful cool-climate example, with just a splash of Carmenere to fill the classic Cabernet 'donut hole' on the palate. Cassis, tobacco, and spice are framed by fine-grained tannins in this absolutely delicious wine.