The second release in the reserve Black Label range; what sets it apart is the overall restraint, especially in ripeness and the wine's underlying tension. Excellent fruit, but more a savoury defined wine: earthy, new leather, oak spice, black cherries and pips, Italian bitter herbs, steely and energetic with precision tannins. This is outstanding Australian sangiovese.
97 points, Wine Companion (October 2019)
Deep cherry colour at its core with brighter red edges. Red flowers, violets, cinnamon and spiced cherries, oak largely imperceptible on the nose. Piercing, pristine fruit with seemingly endless intensity - silky tannins and a soft minerality weaving through it. An Australian euaclypty accent lends freshness. A beautiful wine.
96 points, The Real Review (March 2020)
The colour is light-ruby to brick-red with the merest tint of purple. The bouquet has leather, earth, pepper and oaky nuances, the palate intense and drying, with abundant soft earthy tannins and good length. Don't look for fruitiness here: it's the opposite, although it doesn't lack fruit. It is an unapologetic savoury, Italianate style of red wine. And very good. It unfolds great depths of complex flavour the longer you sip, and the aftertaste rolls on for a very long time. Superb.
95 points, The Real Review (January 2021)
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.