2020 Little Reddie Colbinabbin Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso

Fascinating red wine from Heathcote from a rare Refosco grape. Complicated but rewarding.

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Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso is strapping red grape variety from NE Italy, that translates as Red-stemmed Refosco (there are many varieties within the Refosco family).

Pat Underwood has crafted an intriguing complex wine from fruit sourced from Chalmers in the Colbinabbin area of Heathcote. The nose is very lifted with dark cherry, plum and light balsamic notes, and promises a rich feast to follow.

However, the mouthfeel starts light and almost ethereal but then backs into some grippy savoury tannin with a distinct herbal edge, along with some charry gamey notes.

A chameleonic wine that changes form and flavour from glass to glass.

Picked on phenolic and flavour. As with other Friulian varieties, the skin of the round, plump berries tend to sag just as the sugar hits around 13 baume. The more woody and leathery flavours are amplified by the sagging. Ideally it would be harvested with only a small number of berries losing their tension.


The 2020 wine was fermented in an open top stainless-steel fermenter, the wine was not cold settled and fermented happily with regular pump overs and without addition. The wine was settled in stainless for Malo before being racked to one old puncheon and one new Austrian (Stockinger) demi-muid.


These barrels were extremely old and being smaller you can see a more open, savoury wine than the previous 2017 release. Racked only once before bottling, receiving a small sulphur addition during the move and again on the day of bottling.

Great balance in 2020, interesting ripening that started slow, moved quickly for some weeks and finished slow. The wine is an evolution of maturity and style.

93 Points - "Rosso is sex, says the label, though I would tend to say Bianco is sex over that.

Lush and yet fresh, savoury, spicy, total pleasure zone stuff. Has a heartiness, a smoked meatiness, dark berry fruitiness, chewy tannins and Fernet amaro-laden acidity. Botanicals and beef. Dark fruit and exotic smoky spice. I get the rosso is sex thing now. It’s a total wild cat, detailed and delicious." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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