2020 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Somerset Chardonnay

Goulburn Valley, VIC

Mealy, nutty, complex Chardonnay from an organic vineyard in the Goulburn Valley, part of the VS & B 'One-Off' Series of wines from 2020.


Stacks of complexity and character. Love it.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

With beautiful Beechworth Chardonnay a no-go in 2020 due to smoke taint, Tess & Jeremy went to Goulburn to source an organically-grown patch of Chardy.

They gave it the treatment - foot-stomped, full malolactic and rested on full lees. It smells wild, smoky, nutty and very enticing.

Rich and ripe stonefruit character, nectarine and peach, held in check by savoury, spicy oak.

Tremendous wine for lovers of intense, nutty, powerful Chardonnay.

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

A curious and grateful discovery of forty year old organically grown Chardonnay on the riverine flats about the Goulburn river near Seymour. This is just medium-bodied Chardonnay, with one new barrel in four. As always it is hand harvested, footstomped, basket pressed and juice run off into barrel with full solids for wild ferment and MLF. Flirts with peach and yellow fruits without running off into being too fullsome.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2028

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

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Goulburn Valley and chardonnay for VS&B. Unique source, per se. The colour that is emerging out of the grape smoke taint tragedy of 2020 gives us many little gifts and insights into the diversity and colour of VS&B as they source more broadly. Lovely medium weight, bright and flavoursome white wine. Loaded with oatmeal, salted cashew, almond and ripe citrus and apple fruit notes. There’s some flint and minerally stuff going on too. Complex, layered, really delicious. Stacks of complexity and character. Love it." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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