Kathleen Quealy began her winemaking training at Wagga Wagga and was both mentored and inspired by her viticulture teacher Dr Max Loder. His love of viticulture was supported by a European philosophy, with the ironic appreciation that in Australia winemakers were dismissive of viticulture, and rather enamoured by new fangled machinery. Her trajectory was including a viticultural understanding into her winemaking. Quealy’s philosophy is her activities have to be real. She understands that they are her grapes, made at her winery by her decisions, and that is how she believes you discover how to make a great wine.
Quealy also believes that innovation begins with confinement to one region, after that it is a chess game, how do you extract the most quality out of your region? She believes it is with style and that you have to think outside of the square to achieve results. Quealy also thinks that blending is a significant contributor to quality in winemaking. Blending across varieties can enhance the qualities of all the varieties involved, hence the birth of Pobblebonk and Rageous.
This is Quealy Balnarring Vineyard’s field blend of many varieties creating a wine that is complex and distinctive. The vineyard site and management ripens each variety early to retain the acids; the sunshine directly on the grapes creating flavour and structure.
The blend is of the true aromatic varieties Riesling & Moscato Giallo with Friulano, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. Friulano is an umami variety, an ambiguous but familiar taste sensation that is “salty and mellow at once” …. Emile Peynaud; The Taste of Wine. The Chardonnay contributes depth and structure, the Pinot Grigio behaves like Noir in this blend, luscious, musky and red berries.
A complex structured white wine. Gentle aromatic, the palate is full with a long crisp acidity to finish.
Varieties; Friulano, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling & Moscato Giallo
Inspiration from the North-East Italian Super Whites
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