Consistently great Beechworth Shiraz. Good concentration and lovely, super-long flavour lead through to an astringent finish that needs time to mellow. 93 points, Ralph Kyte Powell, Age/Sydney Morning Herald.
The difference between this and the Estate Vineyard Shiraz cannot be overemphasised; here, there is deeper colour, and an almost shocking display on the bouquet and palate of heavily spiced black fruits, anise, earth and briar, a touch of bitter chocolate appearing on the finish and aftertaste; the oak, too, plays a larger role in this wine. If you manage to get your hands on a bottle of each, try to decide how much the difference is the hand of god, how much the hand of man.
96 points, Wine Companion (April 2014)
Deep garnet-purple, the 2012 Warner Vineyard Shiraz displays lovely aromas of red and black berries – mulberries, red cherries and black raspberries – with nuances of lavender, black pepper and wild thyme. Light to medium-bodied, the palate is very elegantly styled, with a moderate level of grainy tannins and lively acid finishing with plenty of vibrant berry, pepper and spice flavor layers.
94 points, Wine Advocate (October 2014)
Deepish purple/red colour, fresh and young. The bouquet is led by vegetal notes: it's very stemmy beside conventional shirazes, but it's very complex, and the pay-off is in the mouth where it is quite delicious. It's full and soft, powder textured, with fresh acidity and soft, gentle tannins. Very good intensity and length. As a drink, especially with cheese, it is superb.
93 points, The Real Review (June 2014)
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.