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The visionary vintner behind Fighting Gully Road, Mark Walpole, is quoted as saying that he has never been content with the status quo, and goes out of his way to do things differently. It shows. He’s widely regarded as one of Australia’s most talented viticulturalists, and his projects up on the Beechworth Plateau reveal an extraordinary array of grape varieties - some of which are barely pronounceable, let alone recognisable. Ehrenfelser, Odola, Saperavi… all grapes grown at Fighting Gully Road, and used in Walpole’s remarkable blends which take the familiar and turn them on their head.
Fighting Gully Road is essentially a cold-climate, sustainable and ecological operation. Chemical intervention is kept to an absolute minimum, and the grape growers go to great lengths to ensure that as much of the land they work with stays with the fruit as it is processed and bottled. The result is an eye-opening range of wines, which are quickly gathering a devoted audience enraptured by what is coming out of this amazing corner of Australia.
The light, bright, sunny character of this beautiful Sangiovese Rosé wine make it a perfect choice for a picnic or any al fresco dining. The soft hints of strawberry and other soft fruits, with that delicate touch of minerality mean it’s going to work best with those cuisines that work with fresh ingredients and direct, uncomplicated flavours - think Greek food, Italian grilled seafood and simple white meats and salads. However, this particular rosé is also capable of pairing well with pizza (typically a difficult food to pair with wine) and spicy Thai and Mexican food, too.
Mark Walpole is arguably one of Australia's greatest viticulturalists and his interest in cool-climate grape growing led him to establish his own vineyard in 1997. Mark is joined in the winery by renowned winemaker Adrian Rodda and the wines being crafted are some of the finest, most textural in all of Beechworth.
This pale rosé is made predominantly from Sangiovese, blended with a small amount of Aglianico. It is dry and extremely savoury, whilst delivering a taut fruit spectrum of sour cherry and rhubarb, balanced by racy acidity and the faintest whiff of white pepper and ginger. Refreshing and clean, this is immaculately balanced.