2019 Fighting Gully Road Sangiovese, Beechworth, Victoria
The making of wine is a process that clashes the technical with creativity and music can help meld the two together to deliver something delicious. I have recently wondered if you had a winery located in a former lunatic asylum, would you play Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon on repeat? This seminal album begins with a heartbeat and takes the listener on an immersive experience through the various stages of life before ending with a heartbeat. The themes explored within the album would no doubt relate well to the vintage process as there will be ups and downs along the way. A glass of Sangiovese from Beechworth made in an abandoned lunatic asylum is perhaps a worthy accompaniment to this wonderfully thought provoking album.
*Heartbeat* The 2019 Fighting Gully Road Sangiovese from Beechworth in Victoria also contains a small amount of Colorino. Speak to me is what you will think of the dark crimson coloured wine in your glass as you raise it to your nose. Breathe (in the air) from the glass and cherries will appear on the run with a wow of raspberries, herbs and dried flowers. With time, there is a delicate and lively balsamic note that may metaphorically send you to the great gig in the sky. The palate though is where the money is; the cherries and balsamic will have you thinking us and them thoughts as the savoury thread, herbs and spices present as any colour you like. A little espresso may appear to give you brain damage as you start remembering games and daisy chains and laughs. It is without doubt the winemaker kept the loonies on the path as the gravelly tannins and crisp acidity drives its persistence that is this glass’s eclipse. I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon with a Fighting Gully Road Sangiovese. *Heartbeat*
Rating: 95 pts
Drink: Now; 3-10 yrs
Tasted: January 2021