Gap­sted turns out wine with a cool at­ti­tude

Alpine Observer - - Myrtleford Show ‘N’ Shine - By JAMIE KRON­BORG

GAP­STED Wines has tapped the call of cool and the North East’s high coun­try to launch a new range which co­in­cides with the win­ery’s 20th anniversary.

Gen­eral man­ager and chief wine­maker Matt Fawcett said the en­ter­prise would for­mally re­lease its ‘High Coun­try’ range – prosecco, pinot gris, chardon­nay, shi­raz and caber­net sauvi­gnon pro­duced from King Val­ley fruit – on Oc­to­ber 20.

“The grapes have been sourced from pre­mium high coun­try vine­yards and the wines crafted to ex­press the nat­u­ral, con­cen­trated and el­e­gant flavours from the re­gion,” Mr Fawcett said.

“We wanted to cre­ate a re­ally strong link be­tween our­selves and our pres­ence here.”

He said the busi­ness, which is owned by up­per King Val­ley share­hold­ers, River­land in­ter­ests and some smaller share­hold­ers, had been work­ing on the new range for some time.

“We’ve had it sit­ting there for a while to evolve,” he said.

“More re­cently it’s been some months in the plan­ning.

“We’re try­ing to cap­ture the best we can pro­duce from this cool cli­mate and the wines are more French, or Euro­pean-like, than you might find else­where.”

Mr Fawcett said the range might also ex­tend at some stage to in­clude fruit from other high coun­try re­gions, such as Tum­barumba in south­ern New South Wales.

He said the new prosecco had been pro­duced from a sparkling wine process known in France as ‘Charmet’ in which wine is nat­u­rally fer­mented in-tank.

“We’re at­tempt­ing to cap­ture the aro­mat­ics from that process,” he said.

The gris is of a north­ern French or Al­sa­tian style.

Mr Fawcett is also bullish about the new chardon­nay.

“Beech­worth has done a great job with chardon­nay and the King and Alpine Val­leys can do a great job with this grape, too,” he said.

“Beech­worth has the jump on us but we’re do­ing a lot of work here to de­velop our chardon­nay wine in the true Bur­gun­dian style – one of com­plex­ity and rich­ness.

“The shi­raz is more re­strained. It’s not one of those big volup­tuous, mus­cu­lar wines that you get, say, from the Barossa.” myrtle­ford­

Mr Fawcett said Alpine Val­leys’ vi­gnerons were work­ing hard to bring the geo­graphic in­di­ca­tion – the alpine wine district – for­ward.

“We’re push­ing our­selves be­cause there are such sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

“As a re­gion, along with the tourism el­e­ments, we have so much to of­fer.”

More in­for­ma­tion about the mid­priced ‘High Coun­try’ range and its launch is avail­able from www. gap­st­ed­

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