2016 Pinot NoirFighting Gully Road
The Beechworth wine region, while relatively small encompasses many climatic niche’s. Vineyard sites can be found between 300m and 800m above sea level. The Fighting Gully Road site is planted at elevations between 530 and 580m. At Fighting Gully Road they undertake a sustainable approach to grape production. No use of insecticides and the fungicide selection includes only those that are soft on predatory mites and other beneficial insects. Herbicide use is kept to a minimum. The inter-row is sown to a permanent sward of grasses and legumes. Cultivation of the soil is not practiced; and vine prunings are mulched back onto the ground where they degrade naturally. Grass grown in the mid row is thrown onto the ground immediately under the vine to preserve moisture and increase organic matter content. Machinery operations are kept to a minimum to reduce soil compaction and minimise fossil fuel use.
Typical from the exposed Fighting Gully Road site, the mid palate exhibits ripe berry fruits with a fine line of acidity and tannin running throughout. It has a structure unlike many examples of Australian Pinot Noir, more akin to wines from Pommard.