RUSTY FIG WINES
taste of the NSW Far South Coast

 

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Vigneron Gary Potts 

Rusty Fig winery vigneron Gary Potts established the vineyard in 2002. 
Gary and his wife Frances live on the property, which they have owned since 1993, with golden retriever Jasper. 

 

      

 

 

Our Vineyard

Our cool climate vineyard lies 15 minutes inland from the seaside town of Bermagui on the Far South Coast of New South Wales and 10 minutes east of the heritage village of Cobargo. It looks north to Gulaga, a sacred mountain for the local Yuin people, pictured below. The region’s latitude and climate is similar to that of the Margaret River in Western Australia and the vineyard enjoys a northerly aspect and cooling sea breezes from the north east. 

We have four acres under Tempranillo, Verdelho and Savagnin vines, making it a specialised boutique vineyard. Our peak production is about 800 cases a year. 

The vineyard is named for the majestic Rusty Fig, a native fig also known as a Port Jackson, which grows on the slopes of Gulaga, formerly known as Mt Dromedary.  

     
 


 

Viticulture and Winemaking

All vines are hand pruned to achieve optimal vine balance and our grapes are hand-picked. The vineyard has adequate irrigation water in all seasons but it is used sparingly to intensify grape flavours. Vine canopies are carefully managed to ensure fruit is fully ripened from the right sun exposure.

After picking in February and March, our wine is made by Brian Sinclair at the Canberra District winery Brindabella Hills, which is owned by highly regarded winemaker Roger Harris. James Halliday gives the winery a “five star” rating. The grapes are crushed and pressed, placed in an open fermenter and hand plunged. The Tempranillo is lightly exposed to French oak, producing a wine that ages well. The Savarino also improves for several years after bottling, in the nature of a Riesling.

Our goal is to produce quality wines with full flavour, clean on the palate and a long finish. The many customers who buy our wines regularly reflect our success in achieving this goal.