The grapes are picked early and gently pressed prior to the initial fermentation in stainless steel vats. Barrel fermentation and lees stirring contributes complexity and creamy texture, prior to the secondary fermentation – known as the Martinotti – or more commonly Charmat method, creating a dry, vivacious style that mirrors its European origins.
BRIAN FREEMAN, Owner/wine maker: Having trained many of Australia’s winemakers and viticulturists during his decade at the helm of the Wine Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW, Brian Freeman decided to establish his own vineyards in the elevated Hilltops region. His venture started with Australia’s only plantings of two classic Italian-origin varieties – Rondinella and Corvina – and an intention to craft a unique, expressive savoury and complex red wine that would stand out from the crowd.
Brian travelled to northern Italy for further inspiration and has since created ‘Fortuna’, an award-winning blend of multiple white varieties inspired by the winemakers of the Alto Adige and Friuli regions. His ‘Rondo’ Rosé is made using the saignée method from Rondinella grapes. Other wines in the Italian inspired FREEMAN portfolio are Prosecco, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and the dual-trophy winning dessert style, Dolcino.