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Freeman Secco Rondinella Corvina

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Freeman Secco Rondinella Corvina

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Light, clear red; follows the tried and true path of partial grape drying in a prune dehydrator, and is a blend unique to Brian Freeman. It takes understanding, but is much easier than nebbiolo, with its mix of spice, nutmeg, raisins and plum all balanced by life-giving acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
94
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Meaty and tired, with rather a dull, leathery bouquet of blood plums, black tea and citrusy notes. Supported by fine tannins, its pruney flavours of red berries and plums extend towards a slightly short and simple finish suggestive of treacle and raisins. Would have been better when younger and fresher.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
The rondinella and corvina grapes are partially dried (hence secco) prior to fermentation. Typically light colour, but the hue is good; the bouquet is fragrant and spicy, with cherry and plum fruit sharing the limelight; prior vintages prove without doubt the ability of this wine to age and gain yet more complexity.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
94
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Smells of the Italian version of blackberry and cherry very dense fleshy but not flabby palate with great tannin and fruit length.
Rob Geddes MW
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
93
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Ripe and meaty, this deeply flavoured, longer-term blend has an earthy, spicy and floral bouquet whose fresh, but faintly raisined aromas of redcurrants, blackberries and briar are backed by suggestions of citrus, figs and sweet chocolatey oak. Long, smooth and supple, it's very convincing, shapely and luscious, with a deep, amarone-like presence of dark berry, cherry and plum-like fruit supported by very fine, drying sandpapery tannins, finishing with balance and fresh acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
93
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
This is a magnificent, indivdualistic red, made with Italy's Amarone wines in mind. It has deep, earthy red fruits, plums and spice all folded into the aromas; hints of savoury cocoa powder too. The palate's commanding and concentrated, full of dried-plum and purple-cherry flavours; sturdy, dense tannins clench firm and savoury. Made for meats and cheese, preferably after a spell in the cellar.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
94
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Smells of the Italian version of blackberry and cherry very dense fleshy but not flabby palate with great tannin and fruit length.
Rob Geddes MW
90
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Smells of the Italian version of blackberry and cherry, very dense and carries their type of tannin.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
The best hue of the three Rondinella Corvinas; although none are deep in colour; the bouquet is fragrant, with a spicy savoury carpet under the black fruits; the palate is very lively, with contrasting savoury/spicy notes and dark plum fruit; the tannins add to the length and character of the wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Nick Stock (2004 Vintage) says
Brian Freeman's air-dried Rondinella and Corvina carries a distinctive tarry nose with plum fruits and dried herbs, some gentle mint as well. The palate echoes the nose's tarry accents, delivering fine, dense tannins that open out through the finish, leaving a trail of dark berry skin flavour.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A savoury and leathery red whose floral and meaty bouquet reveals developed and slightly raisined fruit backed by suggestions of chocolate, polished saddlery, dried herbs and a touch of herbaceousness. It's firm and drying, with a rustic expression of wild, earthy complexity that finishes with just a hint of acetone.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
89
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Smells of the Italian version of blackberry and cherry, very dense and carries their type of tannin.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
The Freeman label is a relative newcomer to Australian wine, but it's one of the most exciting. It often tastes more like a good Italian red than it does an Aussie red, with lakes of dry, savoury tannin. It is made using the rondinella and corvina grapes. Mattinson is a huge fan. It's a dry style, but it's a beautiful drink. It needs to be met on its own terms, though once you do that it's easy to enjoy. It tastes of raisins, sour cherries and dried leather and has lots of savoury, earthy character. There's a long draw of dusty, tobacco-like tannin, but it works through the wine carefully. Pour this into a big glass beside a plate of chargrilled meat (and vegetables - don't forget) and give it a good go.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
93
Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
Smells of the Italian version of blackberry and cherry, very dense and carries their type of tannin.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88

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