Freeman – Secco Rondinella Corvina 2009

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In a big glass this elegant mid-weight wine displays an evolving scent of dried cherries and chocolate nuances typically associated with classic Amarone wines.

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FREEMAN SECCO RONDINELLA CORVINA 2009 VINTAGE The 2009 vintage season followed excellent winter rains that replenished depleted soil moisture levels enabling the vines to develop a balanced canopy during a typical warm dry spring. Abundant rain in November and December provided adequate soil moisture for even ripening during the cool, mostly dry autumn. The grapes were harvested in 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 handpicked 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 March 2011. Subsequently, the wine was cellared for another two years at 14oC to allow the tannins to slowly integrate. TASTING NOTES In a big glass this elegant mid-weight wine displays an evolving scent of dried cherries and chocolate nuances typically associated with classic Amarone wines. Savoury, deep and textural it has a persistent, long, and soft tannin framed palate led by attractive morello cherry flavours augmented by hints of fruitcake. A complex style closely consistent to previous vintages.

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Hilltops is in the southern region of New South Wales and sits atop a large granite rock. This big rock is 150km long and 50km wide and blocks the westward flow of the Murrumbidgee River from Australia€™s national capital, Canberra. Over eons the rock has weathered to produce a layer of decomposed granite soil up to 15-metres deep. Dust storms from central Australia deposited red sand and clay onto this soil, especially on the leeward side of ridges. This event produced the distinctive red colour and clay layers in the soil. The soils are deep and well drained, ideal for grapevines and the dominant winter rainfall usually ensures good soil moisture reserves for spring growth. The rock is 500 to 600 metres above sea level and this ensures cool nights in summer and in autumn when the grapes are ripening. A range of hills to the north protects the Hilltops region from northern sub-tropical summer storms resulting in cool, dry, sunny autumns.

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