Sophie’s Block – Chardonnay – 2017

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.

One to watch!

Winemaking

The grapes were hand picked on 4th 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. The barrels used were 27% new and a mixture of older 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 grapefruit, minerals and a fine integrated oak. The palate is lively and complex finishing with a fantastic length highlighting the pedigree of this wine.

13.8% alc, pH 3.47, TA 6.1 g/L

Drink now – 2023


Sophie’s Block – Chardonnay – 2018

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 grapes were hand picked in late February and early 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. 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 grapefruit, minerals and a fine integrated oak. The palate is lively and complex finishing with a fantastic length highlighting the pedigree of this wine.

13.3% alc, pH 3.34, TA 6.4 g/L

Drink now – 2023


Henry’s Block – Shiraz – 2016

Vintage Conditions

2015 was a mild growing season, dry Spring with temperatures slightly warmer than average.  Summer temperatures were average to below average, with no days of extreme heat, which is ideal for flavour development. We had a reduced need for irrigation which resulted in a very strong vintage for all varieties. Both white and red wines showed fantastic depth of flavour and finesse. One to watch!

Winemaking

The entire block was hand picked in one day and the wine shows the hallmarks of premium cool climate Shiraz. 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 fourteen days. After pressing, the wine was matured for 20 months in French oak and hogsheads and barriques (31% New, 38% one year old and 31% older oak) before being prepared for bottling with minimal filtration.

Tasting Notes

This wine has classic cool climate pepper and spice, cherry 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.

14.0% alc, pH 3.68, TA 6.3 g/L

Drink now – 2023


Reserve Merlot – 2017

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

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


Pinot Grigio – 2019

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 grapes were picked between the 13th and 19th February. The wine was made using traditional Italian winemaking techniques. The grapes were destemmed, gently pressed and fermented at 13C 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 3.34, TA 5.9 g/L

Drink now – 2021


Mario’s Blend – Tempranillo Touriga – 2016

Vintage Conditions

2015 was a mild growing season, dry Spring with temperatures slightly warmer than average. Summer temperatures were average to below average, with no days of extreme heat, which is ideal for flavour development. We had a reduced need for irrigation which resulted in a very strong vintage for all varieties. Both white and red wines showed fantastic depth of flavour and finesse. One to watch!

Winemaking

2015 was a mild growing season, dry Spring with temperatures slightly warmer than average.  Summer temperatures were average to below average, with no days of extreme heat, which is ideal for flavour development. We had a reduced need for irrigation which resulted in a very strong vintage for all varieties. Both white and red wines showed fantastic depth of flavour and finesse. One to watch!

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


Oliver’s Blend – Merlot Cabernet – 2015

Vintage Conditions

2015 was a mild growing season, dry Spring with temperatures slightly warmer than average.  Summer temperatures were average to below average, with no days of extreme heat, which is ideal for flavour development. We had a reduced need for irrigation which resulted in a very strong vintage for all varieties. Both white and red wines showed fantastic depth of flavour and finesse. One to watch!

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 – 2020


Red and White Packs – Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo Touriga, Merlot Cabinet

Tasting Notes

Our mixed red and white packs feature our current release Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo Touriga, Merlot Cabinet in either a six pack (two of each wine) or a dozen (four of each wine):

2 x Pinot Grigio

2 x Tempranillo Touriga

2 x Merlot Cabernet


Rosѐ – 2018

Vintage Conditions – Sold Out

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 intense full flavours.

Winemaking

The grapes were all hand picked and the juice for this wine was run off immediately after crushing. Fermentation occurred 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 a blend of Beechworth Sangiovese, our Beechworth Shiraz and our King Valley Tempranillo.

Tasting Notes

This savoury Rosѐ has aromas of strawberries, cherries and a touch of spice. These flavours flow through to the palate and finish with textured dry finish.

13.0 % alc, pH 3.30, TA 6.1 g/L Drink now – 2021