Fascinating and unique aromas in this shiraz with rose-stem, fresh-herb and dark-berry character. Same on the palate. Full body, soft and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. A soft-textured and delicious wine already. The finish shows dried and smoked meat to the ripe and fresh fruit. Drink or hold.
97 points, JamesSuckling.com (May 2019)
A super-elegant shiraz. It is medium-bodied, but has great length, and a very expressive bouquet, with spice and cedary nuances to the black cherry fruit. Savoury complexity will slowly grow as the wine strolls through the next 20 or 30 years.
96 points, Wine Companion (July 2019)
Strongly smoky, oaky, charred-wood aromas at first, shot through with black pepper and assorted spices, the oak very complementary. Graphite and coal-dust notes. The smokiness is strong and may come in part from stalks in the ferment. The wine is full-bodied and nicely balanced, not overdone but retains a touch of elegance. The centre is rich in sweet, very ripe berry fruit flavours. An impressive shiraz.
95 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
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.