Gapsted turns out wine with a cool attitude
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.” myrtlefordtimes.com.au
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. gapstedwines.com.au.