Fighting Gully Road Shiraz 2016

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"The wines of Fighting Gully Road have always been good but in recent times they’ve taken significant steps forward by my reckoning.Exhibit A. This is a damn fine wine. It’s savoury, stringy and structured but it just provides so much pleasure. Anise and black cherries, white pepper and deli meat flavours are the guts of it, though florals are important here too. It’s a ripper. The price is exceptionally fair." Rating: 96 Points. Campbell Mattinson.  The Wine Front

Mark Walpole (who began his viticultural career with Brown Brothers in the late 1980s) and partner Carolyn De Poi found their elevated north-facing site to the south of Beechworth in 1995. They commenced planting the Aquila Audax Vineyard in 1997 with cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir, subsequently expanding with significant areas of sangiovese, tempranillo, shiraz, petit manseng and chardonnay. In 2009 they were fortunate to lease the oldest vineyard in the region, planted by the Smith family in 1978 to chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon - in fact Mark shares the Smith Family vineyard lease with long-term friend Adrian Rodda (see separate entry). Says Mark,?We are now making wine in a building in the old and historic Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum - a place that should be full of winemakers!'  James Halliday

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