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