October 20, 2014

Latest Reviews from Adelaide Hills Courier Newspaper

Casa Freschi Chardonnay 2013

When David Freschi planted vines just below Mt Lofty Summit he chose arguably the steepest (580m), coolest site in the Adelaide Hills. The slopes are so steep, hand pruning and hand harvesting are required. But the northern aspect provides enough sun for slow and steady ripening of the dry grown grapes. While yield is low, quality of the fruit is consistently high. It is an ideal vineyard in which to grow top class chardonnay.

The Casa Freschi Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2013 is delicate but with robust texture and delicious stone fruit flavors enhanced by maturation in French oak for 14 months.

It is a scrumptious drink now but David says it will continue to improve up to 2025.

Casa Freschi La Signorina 2013

David Freschi grows grapes in a single vineyard at 580m near Mt Lofty. At this height and with very steep slopes, the vines are hand-pruned and handharvested. La Signorina is an unusual blend of riesling and gewürztraminer (each 42%), plus 15% chardonnay and 1% pinot gris. From the dominant varieties the bouquet is heady and highly perfumed while intense flavours of lime cordial with spice and savory notes are enhanced by French oak nuances.

Casa Freschi Nebbiolo 2012

The Casa Freschi Langhorne Creek Nebbiolo 2012 is from owner-winemaker David Freschi’s 2ha single vineyard on the plains cooled by breezes from nearby Lake Alexandrina. Hand pruned and hand harvested the grapes are foot crushed, wild yeast fermented and hand plunged in small open fermenters for four weeks before maturation in seasoned French oak puncheons for 18 months. Dense red with complex aromas and savoury flavours this flagship wine will further develop with medium to long term cellaring.