Freeman Hilltops Secco Rondinella Corvina 2013
In a generous glass this mid-weight FREEMAN Secco 2013 displays attractive enveloping aromas ranging from fresh morello cherries and panforte mingled with undertones of berry compote, typically associated with dried grapes and classic Ripasso-style wines. These traits plus fruit clarity and concentration, help create the lingering approachable palate – savoury, complex and textural with a softer tannin frame and balancing acid, ensuring this wine will continue to evolve for many years yet. Works its elegant captivating charm…
The 2013 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 2013. Subsequently, the wine was cellared another two years at 14oC to allow the tannins to integrate and enrich the palate.