WINEMAKING: The 2014 vintage was one of extremes starting with a late October frost that luckily did not affect the safely elevated Altura Vineyard. Then came a mid-summer heatwave that intensified sugars and accelerated ripening. These conditions resulted in both colour and flavour intensity and terrific balance in the fully ripe grapes.
A selection of both varieties was dried slowly for up to 10 days, the desiccated grapes added to the remaining 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 2014. Subsequently, the wine was cellared another two years at 14oC to allow the tannins to integrate and enrich the palate.
Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front, 94 Points, “I’ve pretty much never met a Freeman Secco that I haven’t liked but this 2014 release is particularly good. It feels quite developed and pruney, particularly aromatically, but the palate is alive with complex fresh-and-developed fruit and the finish is both firm and full of running. Indeed the wine gathers and holds but then sets off again, with spice, leather and earth-like characters given free rein. If you’ve not experienced the world of Freeman Secco, this would be an excellent release to start with. It’s ready to drink now.”