Wine Reviews

Australian Wine Companion– by JAMES HALLIDAY – MAR 2, 2017

MOELLEUX BEECHWORTH PETIT MANSENG 2016

Among the finest dessert wines of France is Jurancon, based on the seldom seen petit manseng variety. Petit manseng exudes mandarin, cumquat, apricot pith, assorted candied citrus rind, jasmine and honey blossom aromas, strung tautly across a beam of effusive, saliva-generating acidity. This is no exception. Unbeknownst to many, these sprightly wines are seldom hewn of botrytised berries, but fermented slowly with dried, late harvest grapes. There is 70g/l residual sugar tucked into this, but the acidity is such a whirlwind, that it is palpably swept away with not a cloying note. 375ml.

Score: 94

Alcohol: 12%

Ageing: Drink BY 2022.


Australian Wine Companion– by JAMES HALLIDAY – MAR 2, 2017

SANGIOVESE ROSE 2016

A rose boasting strident freshness and textural intrigue, following a wild fermentation and extended lees ageing over 6 months, in used barriques. Orange peel, strawberry and musk spring from the glass, before reverberating across a beam of crunchy acidity and leesy tension. Sangiovese’s frisky energy jitterbugs from the opening, across the crescendo and into the tangy finale.

Score: 93

Alcohol: 13%

Ageing: Drink BY 2019.


Australian Wine Companion– by JAMES HALLIDAY –SEP 15, 2016

ANGELICO 2014

The individually staked, hand-trained vines were not irrigated or fertilised, the wine then made with minimal intervention. A totally intriguing wine, with an opulent, almost decadent bouquet, fitting given the strong colour. The palate has black cherry, glace cherry and warm spices throughout, the tannins present but soft. Very, very interesting.

Score: 93

Alcohol: 13%

Ageing: Drink BY 2021.


Australian Wine Companion– by JAMES HALLIDAY – SEP 15, 2016

CHARDONNAY 2015

Bright straw-green; the bouquet has a la mode struck match complexity, but it’s the powerful, intense and very long palate that shows once again the synergy between Beechworth and chardonnay. Grapefruit and white peach are the chief protagonists on the palate, highly strung acidity adding its voice. First class wine.

Score: 96

Alcohol: 13%

Ageing: Drink BY 2027.


The Real Review – by HUON HOOKE – JUL 30, 2016

MOUTH WATERING RED

A dense, solid, savoury Italian-style red with dried cherry and fresh earth aromas. Lively acidity to help it partner food.
The wine is dense, solid and packed with drying tannins. Mouth-watering finish. It cries out for food. (Screwcap).

Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view on HuonHooke.com

Alcohol: 13%

Ageing: Drink now to 18 years.

Food: Pizza with lots of salami.

Stockists: Fighting Gully Road Wines; Vintage Blue (NSW); City Wine Shop (Vic.)


Wine Genius
 – AUG, 2016

SHIRAZ, 2012

Showcasing Beechworth’s cool climate this Shiraz is bursting with meaty, peppery, dark cherry and floral fruits in a mid weight style. Fresh and bright with long elegant tannins it evolves in the mouth and finishes with subtlety and marked complexity.

Score: 93

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: 2016 – 2020.


Wine Genius
 – AUG, 2016

TEMPRANILLO, 2012

Released after spending 2 years in partially new French Oak and 2 years maturing in bottle this an exceptional example of Australian Tempranillo with savoury, earthy aromatics of tobacco and dark cherry fruit. Supple and reserved with sandy tannins it will also improve further in bottle.

Score: 92

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: 2016 – 2021.