2019 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Brunnen Chardonnay

Beechworth, VIC

Classy, elegant Beechworth Chardonnay from two of the region's hottest rising stars.

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A striking Beechworth Chardonnay

Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

About The Wine

If you are going to make Beechworth Chardonnay, it is fair to say the bar has been set high.

Names like Giaconda, Savaterre and Sorrenberg have set the standard for the region and they are some big shoes to fill. Tessa Brown and Jeremy Schmolzer are making a very good fist of it.

Their Brunnen Chardonnay comes from the vineyard directly across the road from their own block of fledgeling vines way up in the high country behind Beechworth. It is a beautiful site - cool, high and isolated.

The fruit is treated delicately; predominantly older oak, all natural ferments, malo only happens if it wants to. Nothing about this wine feels forced, it feels like it was nurtured into being. If this is the next generation of Beechworth Chardonnay, there's a bright future ahead for the region.

About Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown

Tessa and Jeremy are playing a long-game with their Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown label.

They have invested in a block of land high in the hills behind Beechworth and have planted 10,000 vines on it over the last couple of years with the plan to farm it organically. Tessa has a wealth of experience from time at Sorrenberg and Kooyong, Jeremy is an architect by trade with an eye for detail.

It comes as no surprise that the buzz around this husband and wife team is palpable and the praise is high. Max Allen called them, “one of a remarkable number of impressive new wine labels to have cropped up in Beechworth over the last five years.” 

They are going to be at the forefront of Beechworth wine for many years to come.

Tessa and Jeremy in Thorley vineyard
Tessa and Jeremy in Thorley vineyard
Beechworth, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Our sixth vintage of this wine and its third under organic viticulture management.

This wine is frankly a black hole in youth. Such tightly wound, chalky aromatics, with hints of fresh lime and unripe white orchard fruits peeking through. Fine in the mouth, with notes of fresh cream then a freight train of stony natural acidity. This wine should age glacially, gracefully. Easily a ten plus year wine.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 12.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Jeremy & Tessa in the winery
Jeremy & Tessa in the winery
Beechworth, VIC
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Critic Reviews

95Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"A striking Beechworth chardonnay already in balance, with fruit concentration playing a starring role. Not bad for a youngster. A picture of cool restraint, opening with grapefruit, lime, lemon rind and pear. Tight, almost lean on the palate, but a depth of fruit is developing. White peach, apple, honeysuckle and chalky, nutty oak. No questioning the role of the vineyard's quartz-laden site in the lingering sherbet, mineral-tang acidity." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

94Points
The Wine Front

"I had to sit with this for a while because it really takes time to open up. It’s a lean style, direct in a way though its subtleties are complex. It tastes of lemon curd and slate, steel and white peach, with angles of green pineapple and garden herbs, fennel perhaps. There’s an attractive whisper of smoked honey but for all these aspects it’s the direct line, the length, and the overall impression of precision that really makes you sit up and take notice." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

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