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The Aquila is a unique blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, and Petit Manseng from the Aquila Audax Vineyard in Beechworth.
This is a field blend compiled by Adrian Rodda and Mark Walpole. It was fermented in aged barrels and matured for 10 months in said oak before bottling. The aim here is to create a wine with interesting texture, a food friendly nature and a point of difference. All boxes ticked here in the 2015 release.
This is a more-ish and curious wine and top value for those looking for whites from Beechworth outside of the plentiful examples of Chardonnay and Rhone white varietals.
What It Tastes Like
Rockmelon, grapefruit, jack fruit and some exotic spice notes on the nose. You can see Chardonnay plays a role but there’s some extra layers of detail which say ‘I’m not your run-of-the-mill Beechworth white.’ The ripe apricot and kernel characters from the Viognier are apparent but not intrusive. The freshness and spice from Petit Menseng to close.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2021
About the Producer
Fighting Gully Road
Fighting Gully Road is a boutique wine outfit from Beechworth. It combines the considerable viticultural knowledge of Mark Walpole with the impressive winemaking nouse of Adrian Rodda. The wines are made in a traditional style, Mark’s immaculately grown fruit making wines that are great for drinking wines in an array of styles. Everything from Sangiovese to Shiraz in this delicious and good value range.
Beechworth is a small wine producing region with a big reputation. The distinctive terroir in this part of the country produces some of our most iconic wines. If you want serious Chardonnay or Rhone-inspired Shiraz/Syrah, you want to get to know Beechworth. Some of the most powerful cool climate wines in the country hail from here, and some of our future stars are making it their home. The future looks very bright for this champion Victorian region.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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