Billy Button 'The Renegade' Refosco
Refosco is a relatively rare variety in Australia that originates from Friuli in North East Italy. It is naturally very high in the compound rotundone, which is responsible for the pepper character in red wines. It is a high acid, late ripening variety that tends to produce lighter bodied wines with lovely perfume.
Hand picked on 20th March then gently destemmed direct to open tubs then cold soaked for 3 days. They were then allowed to warm and one parcel was inoculated with selected red wine yeast while the other was left for fermentation to occur using wild yeasts. The ferments were gently plunged twice daily and pressed out after sugar dryness. Parcels were filled to Flexcube and matured on lees for 8 months prior to blending, crossflow filtration and bottling in January 2022.
Black fruits and brambly notes, with violet, peppercorns and spice. Elegant tannins, with a spicy and savoury finish.
Alpine Valleys, VIC