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The soft-speaking, deep-thinking, Peter Graham of Domenica is “one of the region’s brightest stars” according to Campbell Mattinson.
Since starting his own operation out from under the wing of his uncle Rick Kinsbrunner at Giaconda, Pete’s elegantly handcrafted wines have been some of the very best to be found in Beechworth. His passion for Rhone styled Syrah and Roussanne/Marsanne is one of the hallmarks of his brand.
This wine is something of a labour of love for Graham. Where the Shiraz, Nebbiolo and Chardonnay sell themselves, this is the quiet achiever in the Domenica range and Pete’s favourite wine to make. He tends the fruit dutifully and farms it organically. Everything in the winery is done as gently as possible, from the natural ferments to filling the barrels with no force but gravity.
Campbell Mattinson said, “We have an excellent wine on our hands here.” in his 93 point review, and he’s not wrong - the wine is glorious.
What It Tastes Like
“It’s arrestingly floral and lifted – it almost smells riesling-esque – but the palate pours on the power and texture. This is both highly drinkable and highly impressive at once. Slate and stone fruits, spice and those floral, smoky, almost gravelly notes. Mouthful is a key aspect of the wine’s charms. We have an excellent wine on our hands here.” - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
93 points. “Beechworth blend of roussanne and marsanne from one of the region’s brightest stars. It sees some barrel time but that input has been deftly handled.
It’s arrestingly floral and lifted – it almost smells riesling-esque – but the palate pours on the power and texture. This is both highly drinkable and highly impressive at once. Slate and stone fruits, spice and those floral, smoky, almost gravelly notes. Mouthful is a key aspect of the wine’s charms. We have an excellent wine on our hands here.”
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
A classic blend of rhone valley whites, these varieties are all about texture.
Vinification is similar to the chardonnay, though the juice is extracted and settled more carefully, due to the phenolic nature of these varieties, and in order to display the purity of their exotic aromatics.
No new barrels are used in the production of this wine, and the maturation is restricted to 10 months.
The result is a voluptuous wine, rich and exotically spicy, floral, and edged with the ever present mineral spine of Beechworth granite.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Alcohol: Drink Until:
About the Producer
Peter Graham is a student of the world of wine. His passion for Beechworth and its flagship varieties runs long and deep. Inspired by many of the great wines of Europe, his wines have a classic feel. He farms his patch of land entirely organically but makes no fuss about it believing that great wines should speak for themselves. Quiet and thoughtful, Graham and his low-tech winery produces wines of outstanding finesse and detail.
Beechworth is a small wine producing region with a big reputation. The distinctive terroir in this part of the country produces some of our most iconic wines. If you want serious Chardonnay or Rhone-inspired Shiraz/Syrah, you want to get to know Beechworth. Some of the most powerful cool climate wines in the country hail from here, and some of our future stars are making it their home. The future looks very bright for this champion Victorian region.
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