Beechworth. Biodynamic farmed. Traditional winemaking, per se. Syrah. Castagna. “You know the drill”, in the words of Dylan from 90210... A mesh of red berries, red plum, game meat, sweet earth, clove/cinnamon and faint floral notes all conspire in bouquet. Fleshy in the palate, inward concentration but only a lick over medium weight. Mouth-staining just-ripe red fruit flavours and lingering spice, a web of fine powdery tannins drawing things a little taut. It’s an excellent wine, almost a pinosity, but wholly in the zone of fine Syrah wines.
95 points, Wine Front, January 2019.
Granitic DNA defines this mid-weighted Syrah. Of a mineral grind, flirtatious and energetic of ambition and crunch, this is iodine cloaked in dried seaweed and umami; blueberry, tapenade, charcuterie and sour cherry sass. Of an impeccably detailed weave of transparent acidity and moreish tannins -- firm without grate -- this flows long and juicy. Among the country's exemplary cool climate Syrah, this is revelry and sophistication all at once.
97 points, Wine Companion, January 2018
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.