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2016 Domenica Chardonnay

Beechworth, VIC

Highly sought-after exemplary Chardonnay from ex-Giaconda winemaker, Peter Graham. Top value for premium Chardonnay from this famous region.

$45.00

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About The Wine

Peter Graham has a long history with Beechworth Chardonnay, having been on as assistant winemaker at Giaconda for more than a decade as the Giaconda Chardonnay became legend.

Pete now crafts his own Chardonnay from his own vineyard just down the road from Rick Kinzbrunner. It's a wine of quiet power and balance. The influence of oak judged perfectly. About half the wine is allowed to through malo. This is Beechworth Chardonnay with more style, less flash.

It sells out incredibly quickly each year. In the spectrum of Chardonnay from this famous region, it is one of the best value getting around. 

The Domenica sits in the top echelon of Chardonnay in Beechworth and will not be available for long.

About Domenica

Peter Graham is one of Beechworth's most thoughtful and talented winemakers. From his small plot of land on the Beechworth "Golden Mile", Pete crafts articulate and powerful wines with a gentle hand.

He farms his vineyard organically, though uncertified, with great care. The quality of fruit it yields is first class. In the winery, everything is moved via gravity. Patience is a virtue that Pete definitely possesses. No wine is released until it's 'ready'. 

The Nebbiolo is one of the country's benchmarks. The Chardonnay is always in high demand given Pete's history as assistant winemaker at Giaconda. The Shiraz is the very model of modern Australian Shiraz; a wine with both power and refinement. 

As Mike Bennie once noted:"If you’re into the new wave of truefine wine producers of Australia you should be onto, should get onto, Domenica. Classics in the making. Rising high."

The gorgeous Domenica vineyard after vintage
The gorgeous Domenica vineyard after vintage
Beechworth, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Grown on a south facing slope, the fruit is hand picked lightly crushed, and basket pressed. The heaviest solids are briefly settled out by gravity, then the juice transferred to barriques awaiting the start of fermentation. This occurs naturally, when it is ready, and takes as long as it takes.

Well balanced fruit will contain everything required to ferment to dryness. Naturally formed sulphides occur in some barrels – usually to a point which produces the beautiful nutty, matchstick characters so symbiotic with chardonnay. New oak is used judiciously.

The wine is matured in its original barrel, on yeast lees for around 18 months before blending to tank, where it is naturally fined, then bottled unfiltered under screwcap closure.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13.40%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Peter Graham
Winemaker Peter Graham
Beechworth, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Here's a Chardonnay! Fruit if the first thing, golden delicious apples and pears, stone fruit aplenty. There's a glossy, almost almond character in the mouth. A hint of match-stick amongst ripe, succulent fruit. A hint of oak spice but that sits decidedly in the back seat. Very good extension of flavour through the finish. It's a fundamentally delicious glass of wine. - Different Drop Wine Team

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