Little Reddie Is Sex Colbinabbin Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso 2018
'Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso is the darling of the Refosco family, originating in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. The variety is also known as Terrano in Slovenia and in the past has also been incorrectly identified as Monduse. There are just three rows at Chalmers in the south-east corner of the property on the ultra-red Colbo soils. These blocks have an east/west orientation which helps moderate the impact of the midday sun. As with other Friulian varieties, the skin of the round, plump berries tends to sag just as the sugar hits around 13 baume. The more woody and leathery flavours are amplified by this sagging, and ideally it would be harvested with only a small number of berries losing their tension.
A particularly small crop in 2018, and the pick was called as soon as tannins were ripe enough. It was fermented in a closed-top stainless steel fermenter, the wine was not cold settled and fermented happily with regular pump-overs and without additions. Three barriques were initially taken as free-run with my favourite two being kept aside to make Is Sex. These barrels were extremely old and, being smaller, you can see a more open and savoury wine than the previous 2017 release. Racked only once before bottling and received a small sulphur addition during the move and again on the day of bottling.'
- Little Reddie