"Deep red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is intensely fragrant, very vegetal, peppery and stalky, and smacks of slightly green stems. Green peas and beans as well. Lots of whole-bunch ferment, no doubt. It's raw and rather bolshie in the mouth, with acid, tannin and some greener notes adding up to a little rawness. It's full-bodied and concentrated, and has the makings of an excellent wine if kept a while."
93 points, Huon Hooke, May 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.