2020 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Roter

A juicy one-off Shiraz/Pinot/Merlot blend that's just a bunch of red drinking fun.

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Challenges are opportunities, we're told, and while winemakers will never want a repeat of the challenge of the 2020 vintage, it did present them with an opportunity to go outside their norm.

So Tess and Jeremy at Schmolzer & Brown have released a bright jubey red with fruit from the Yarra and Mornington, a far cry from their structured, intellectual wines from Beechworth and surrounds.

It's a poolside red with tannin, made from Shiraz, Pinot and a bit of Merlot, and it shows tangy blueberry fruit, some white pepper and a hint of leafiness.

A bright and chirpy, medium bodied red blend. Whole berry ferments with ten months in a mix of small and large format old oak. A blend of Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot from the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula, this looks like a cool season Austrian red blend, essentially. Natural acidity is pert from it being a cool late year and it's quite vibrant and compact.

89 Points - "Bright red hue; red cherry, bitter herbs and broken dark slate aromas. Light to medium bodied with red cherry and leafy herbal notes. There's an ethereal freshness here that is driven by a bright acid line and a fine tannin loop. Decent length and bright to the end." - Stuart Knox (The Wine Front)

90 Points - "There's fruit here but you'd still call it a savoury expression. Savoury and meaty. Cherry-plum with currants, dust, bay leaves and woodsmoke, a meaty/gaminess also part of the show. This is ripe but not fruit sweet; it's dry, almost earthen, almost into loganberry territory. It drinks refreshingly and well." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

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 - Beechworth, VIC Vignerons Schmölzer & Brown

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