Vintage Summary

2000 – Fighting Gully’s first vintage. Only Cabernet Merlot made. The wine still shows great varietal character and freshness.
2001 – A warmer vintage. First vintage of Pinot Noir. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot wines still ageing gracefully.
2002 – The coolest growing season and vintage in over a decade. Both Cabernet Merlot and Pinot Noir showing incredible freshness. Tempranillo made from home vineyard introduced into the range.
2003 – Bushfires and severe drought ravaged the region. No Cabernet Merlot or Pinot Noir were bottled.
2004 – A very good vintage across all varieties with great depth of colour and flavour. All wines still showing youthfulness
2005 – A lighter vintage, with red wines showing softer tannins than typical from the site. Introduction of the first Chardonnay, Viognier and Petit Manseng blend called Aquila after the Latin name for eagle
2006 – Powerfully structured red wines which are still very youthful. No Pinot Noir made.
2007 – Drought and bushfire again. Decided not to make any wine due to the lessons learned from the 2003 bushfires.
2008 – A season finishing with a cool February but very warm March. Pinot Noir picked before the heatwave. A vintage producing wines that are typically softer than the norm and will be more approachable in youth.
2009 – A hot growing season followed by more bushfires. Fortunately Fighting Gully Road was spared from both fire and smoke taint. First vintage of Shiraz which shows extraordinary cool climate varietal characteristics despite the season, reinforcing the strength of the site or ‘terroir’ in the final wine. Cabernet Merlot and Tempranillo extremely strong wines. No Pinot Noir made.
2010 – A warm start to the season was curtailed with an extremely cool and wet January and February. Our first Smith vineyard Chardonnay was picked in perfect condition. The first Tempranillo from the Fighting Gully Road site was made; and the first Sangiovese. No Cabernet Merlot made. Wines now made at the Smith property winery.