In the tradition of Giaconda Estate Pinots, generosity is a subtext to red and black cherry fruit, the tannins underpin the length of a wine of great quality. The vintage was perfect for pinot, giving the certainty of at least 10 years development of spice and violets amongst other secondary characters.
97 points, Wine Companion (July 2019)
Dried berries with plums and fresh spearmint character. Medium to full body. Firm and round tannins and a structured mouthfeel in the finish. Muscular pinot. Better after 2022, but already delicious to taste or drink. Screw cap.
96 points, JamesSuckling.com (May 2019)
Medium to deep red colour with tints of brick as well as purple, the bouquet very stemmy, earthy and root-vegetable dominant. Potatoes and parsnips. Hints of Campari. It turns chaffy with airing. It's a very whole-bunchy wine, more about vegetable aromas and flavours than fruit. Medium to full-bodied and savoury, with measured tannins and a drying finish. It's a style to polarise tasters. More enjoyable as a drink than in an analytical tasting. Quite delicious.
93 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.