Sophie’s Block Chardonnay 2022

Beechworth

Vintage Conditions

2022 was a cooler and wetter than average growing season with no extreme heat. The season was an excellent season for the whites with the final two critical ripening months drying out allowing the grapes to ripen disease free. This with consistently warm but not hot weather enabled the grapes to develop lovely full flavours cool climate flavours.

Winemaking

The grapes were hand picked on the 26nd February adn12th March. This wine was made using traditional Burgundian techniques and the grapes were destemmed and gently pressed. Wild fermentation occurred with the vineyard’s indigenous yeast in French oak barriques and hogsheads including 22% new oak. There was no malolactic fermentation and limited barrel stirring to maintain the acid drive and structure of the wine.

Tasting Notes

This elegant Chardonnay has attractive dried herbs, cashew, some tight citrus, grapefruit, minerals and a fine integrated oak. The palate is tight, lively and complex finishing with a fantastic length highlighting the pedigree of this wine.

13.0% alc, pH 3.27, TA 7.2 g/L

Drink now – 2025


Henry’s Block Shiraz 2019

Beechworth

Vintage Conditions

A cooler and slightly wetter than average winter delayed the start of the growing season. The vineyard experienced regular rainfall and warm temperatures throughout the spring. This was followed by warm and dry summer months. Even though the temperatures during the ripening period were slightly up on average, we did not experience any days of extreme heat. This consistently warm weather enabled the grapes to develop lovely full flavours.

Winemaking

The block was handpicked and the grapes were gently crushed, allowing a large percentage of whole berries to remain unbroken. 10% whole bunches were also added to the fermenter. The wine was traditionally fermented using the vineyard’s indigenous yeast in open vats. It was gently hand plunged four times per day and it remained on skins for two weeks. After pressing, the wine was matured for 17 months in French oak and hogsheads and barriques (14% New, 14% 1 year old) before being prepared for bottling with minimal filtration.

Tasting Notes

This wine has classic cool climate pepper and spice, cherry and black olive whilst still showing some darker berry aromas. The palate has elegant red berries flavours, spice, richness and an integrated oak finish. The fine chalky tannins add structure to this elegant wine.

13.2 % alc, pH 3.36, TA 5.9 g/L

Drink now – 2030


Reserve Merlot 2019

Beechworth

Vintage Conditions

Vintage 2019 was an ideal vintage. Beechworth experienced a long, mild, dry summer, and an early autumn. These slow ripening conditions resulted in delicate varietal flavours and balanced natural acidity. The grapes and resultant wines from 2017 show large amounts of fruit flavour and character. Vintage 2017 will be one of those years that we will talk about as being a “normal” vintage, and we will be enjoying these wines well into the future.

Winemaking

The grapes were harvested in March from a premium vineyard at 320m on the Beechworth Wangaratta Road in close proximity to the Piano Piano Vineyard. Our friends vineyard is one of the premium Merlot vineyards in Australia. The grapes were gently crushed, allowing a large percentage of whole berries to remain unbroken. The wine was traditionally fermented using the grape’s indigenous yeast in open vats. It was gently hand plunged four times per day and it remained on skins for fourteen days. After pressing, the wine was matured for 20 months in French oak and hogsheads and barriques with 31% New before being prepared for bottling with minimal filtration.

Tasting Notes

This wine has integrated oak and spice with aromas of plum, cassis and red berries on the nose. The palate has elegant red berries flavours, spice, richness and an integrated oak finish. The fine chalky tannins add structure to this elegant wine.

14.2% alc, pH 3.47, TA 5.9 g/L


Premium Packs – Chardonnay, Shiraz, Reserve Merlot

Tasting Notes

Our mixed premium packs feature our current release Chardonnay, Shiraz and Reserve Merlot in either a six pack (two of each wine) or a dozen (four of each wine):

2 x Sophie’s Block Chardonnay

2 x Henry’s Block Shiraz

2 x Reserve Merlot


Oliver’s Blend Merlot Cabernet 2022

King Valley

Vintage Conditions

A cooler and slightly wetter than average winter delayed the start of the growing season. The vineyard experienced regular rainfall and warm temperatures throughout the spring. This was followed by warm and dry summer months. Even though the temperatures during the ripening period were slightly up on average, we did not experience any days of extreme heat. This consistently warm weather enabled the grapes to develop lovely full flavours.

Winemaking

Oliver’s Blend has 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were gently destemmed allowing as many whole berries to go through as possible. The grapes were fermented using the BDX yeast in open vats and gently hand plunged 4 times per day for 10 days. After pressing the grapes were matured for twelve months in French oak barriques and hogsheads with 10% new.

Tasting Notes

This blend is a soft elegant wine that displays a mix of fresh berries and plums with a hint of dried tobacco. The palate shows the softness of the Merlot balanced with the austere structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon.

Drink now – 2025


Pinot Grigio 2023

Alpine Valleys Beechworth

Vintage Conditions

2023 was a cooler and wetter than average growing season with no extreme heat. The season was an excellent season for the whites with the final two critical ripening months drying out allowing the grapes to ripen disease free. This with consistently warm but not hot weather enabled the grapes to develop lovely full flavours cool climate flavours.

Winemaking

The grapes were picked between the 23th and 25th February. The wine was made using traditional Italian wine making techniques. The grapes were destemmed, gently pressed and fermented at 14C in stainless steel to maximise the gentle Pinot Grigio flavours. . After fermentation was complete the yeast lees were mixed through wine fortnightly to add texture and flavour. The grapes were sourced from our two favourite growers in our area, The Walpoles in the Alpine Valley and Indigo Vineyards in Beechworth, who we have worked with for over 20 years.

Tasting Notes

This delicate Pinot Grigio has aromas of pears, almonds and citrus zest. The palate has texture and finesse with a tight citrus drive and refreshing dry finish. .

12.8 % alc, pH 3.35, TA 6.8 g/L

Drink now – 2025


Rosѐ – 2023

Vintage Conditions

2023 was a slightly cooler than average year without any extreme heat. Because of a very wet and stressful Spring it was a difficult growing season. Fortunately post December the Summer became more normal. February and March dried out with ideal mild days which resulted in a fantastic year in the King Valley for our rose. The season was three weeks later than average and we feel fortunate to have ended up with the wines we have in the cellar.

Winemaking

The grapes were machine harvested in the cool of the night. The grapes were destemmed only and gently pressed. 75% of the wine was fermented in a stainless steel tank and 25% was fermented in a selection of older French oak barriques and hogsheads. There was no malolactic fermentation and the wine was bottled early to keep the wine fresh. This Rose is made from Sangiovese grown on a cool East facing block in the King Valley. The Sangiovese was picked at the ideal ripeness to make a savoury European style Rose.

Tasting Notes

This savoury Rosѐ has aromas of cherries, a touch of spice and some confectionery notes. These flavours flow through to the palate and finish w textured dry finish.

13.0 % alc, pH 3.37, TA 5.0 g/L Drink now – 2025


Mario’s Blend Tempranillo Touriga 2018

(sold out)

King Valley

Vintage Conditions

Vintage 2017 was an ideal vintage. Beechworth experienced a long, mild, dry summer, and an early autumn. These slow ripening conditions resulted in delicate varietal flavours and balanced natural acidity. The grapes and resultant wines from 2017 show large amounts of fruit flavour and character. Vintage 2017 will be one of those years that we will talk about as being a “normal” vintage, and we will be enjoying these wines well into the future.

Winemaking

Vintage 2017 was an ideal vintage. Beechworth experienced a long, mild, dry summer, and an early autumn. These slow ripening conditions resulted in delicate varietal flavours and balanced natural acidity. The grapes and resultant wines from 2017 show large amounts of fruit flavour and character. Vintage 2017 will be one of those years that we will talk about as being a “normal” vintage, and we will be enjoying these wines well into the future.

Tasting Notes

Mario’s Blend brings together an exciting mix of two Iberian varieties, Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional. This traditional Portuguese blend displays cherries, red berries, spice and some floral aromas. These flavours follow through on the palate, finishing with some fine chalky tannins.

Drink now – 2023