Wow this one leaps from the glass. In a bracket of Australian Shiraz wines this stood out both for its difference and as my favourite. Lots of leafy, autumnal spice and pepper with juicy, ripe, authoritative fruit driving through. Peppery palate, black cherry, juicy, and then dry through the finish, but not at the expense of the flavour, not at the expense of fruit. It’s complex and structured but it has a generosity; a life.
95 points, The Wine Front (February 2022)
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.