‘…Rick Kinzbrunner is inspired and inspiring… the wines are… mind-blowingly good’. ‘Fragrant perfume of balsam wood, smoke, candle wax, honeysuckle, peach, and melon. Already complex… this richly fruited dry effort is impeccably balanced, lengthy, and a perfect match for rich seafood…’ 94 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW (erobertparker.com).
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.