Medium to deep red/purple colour. Marked vegetal aromas, peas and beans rather than berry fruits. Certainly very aromatic, though. The palate is again vegetal, medium-bodied and soft, very drinkable, but the peppery aromas and flavours seem at first to be on the green side of ripeness. It's a lighter-framed, high acid, cool-climate shiraz, and very attractive in the northern Rhone sense. It's another of the current vogue, cool-climate shirazes which will appeal to pinot noir lovers. Tight, fragrant and elegant, very spicy, and light-bodied, but with penetrating intensity and just enough tannin firmness to complete the wine beautifully.
94 points, The Real Review (July 2013)
Located in the foothills of the Victorian Alps, Beechworth is a small cool climate region with high continentality. The vineyards enjoy a large number of sunshine hours and are generally planted at altitudes of 400m. A variety of soil types are found with the two dominant ones being ancient sandstone gravel and clay and granitic loams over decomposed gravels and clays. While north or north-easterly slopes are generally favoured, the best sites are located away from higher altitude, cold-air drainage channels, with the risk of frost high in both spring and autumn. Restricted water availability means most vineyards are dry-grown. A region of small boutique producers, Beechworth is best known for premium Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir, although plantings of Italian varieties including Sangiovese and Nebbiolo also show great promise.