In a nutshell: A vibrant and aromatic, barrel fermented, Riesling based Southern Australian white from the Adelaide Hills.
The lowdown: The blend of grapes that goes to make Casa Freschi's La Signorina white blend varies each vintage as they use the best available fruit to achieve the results they desire. In 2014 Riesling made up 90% of the blend with a little Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer the rest. It was barrel fermented and aged on its lees for 8 months prior to bottling. While it has a classically mineral and savoury character there's the merest hint of upfront sweetness along with an array of lemon, lime and ginger aromas giving it a quite exotic feel.
When to drink: It's got the stamina to keep on top form until well into the 2020s and is a great partner to spicy Asian foods.
Casa Freschi is a boutique winery in the Ashton Hills area of South Australia's Adelaide Hills wine region owned and run by David Freschi.
David is the son of Italian immigrants who owned a 2.5 hectare vineyard in Langhorne Creek which formed the basis of the estate when it started in 1998. To this he added a further 2 hectares of Nebbiolo in 1999 which was followed by a further vineyard, for the production of white wines, near Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills.
Meticulous care and attention is taken in the vineyards with the vines being grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, or pesticides. In keeping with this his winemaking approach is one of minimal intervention. And to heklp achieve this since 2007 all production has been at their own winery at the Langhorne Creek vineyard.