About The Wine
Chris Catlow has found his niche as a winemaker. His mission is simple: to produce _Burgundian inspired Chardonnay_ with a definite sense of place. To grasp the full scope of his mission, his three regional Chardonnays should be tried side-by-side, but if you are just looking for to dip your toe in the Sentio pond, the Beechworth Chardonnay is a great place to start.
The Beechworth is Chris on his home court. His love of Chardonnay started during his time spent with the iconic Barry Morey at Sorenberg: "I worked with him quite a bit as a teenager (mostly annoyed him, I'm sure). He was the main reason I studied to be a winemaker."
He makes this wine (as he does his other Chardonnays) simply; it isn’t adorned with too much oak, it’s powerful without being overblown. The throughline of minerality is pitched perfectly. It's Beechworth through and through.
Campbell Mattinson thought's: "This is the power of Beechworth chardonnay cut to an elegant pattern."
Chris Catlow is one of Beechworth's most dynamic young winemakers.
From his handmade winery, he is crafting Burgundian inspired wines of impressive quality. The wines focus on power and drive, structure and articulation of site. He is exploring the regionality of Victoria and beyond with an incisive eye.
Chardonnay is his pet variety, with multiple vintages with Benjamin Leroux in Burgundy giving him the tools to be one of Victoria's great Chardonnay makers.
The wines are intense and tightly wound. As Campbell Mattinson once noted, "A star is born in Sentio, I’d reckon."