2020 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Weide Sauvignon

Creamy and flinty Sauvignon Blanc from Yarra, this is a wild and off-beat version of a popular tune.

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The Sauvignon Blanc in Schmolzer & Brown's 'One-Off Series' comes from the Willow Lake vineyard in the Yarra, and it is an intriguing and enticing rendition of a popular favourite.

Naturally-fermented, aged in oak puncheons, on lees for almost a year, and only a dash of sulphur the only addition - this is Natty Yarra.

It sure is intense - smoky, creamy, and a touch feral on the nose, and searingly tight and flinty on the palate.

A wine of mystery and revelation!

Single site Sauvignon blanc from the Willow Lake Vineyard in the upper Yarra Valley. This is Sauvignon blanc but perhaps not as you know it. Hand‐picked, crushed, foot stomped, basket‐pressed and wild fermented in a mix of old puncheons and stainless steel, with near-full malolactic fermentation and ten months on lees, and a small sulphur addition before bottling. This is all flintiness and cream, with demure dewy wet grass and a touch of pod pea on the nose. The palate is linear and electric but with textural softening from the malo and oak fermentation. Chevre en croute anyone?

93 Points - "Light straw-yellow colour. Quite savoury on the nose, with flint, smoke and curry leaf aromas. The palate is tightly wound, with greengage plums and lemon zest over oyster brine minerality. Drives long to a crunchy finish. Some thought and work has gone into this wine to its benefit. Time will not do it any harm, either." - Stuart Knox (The Real Review)

92 Points - "Sauvignon blanc from the Willow Lake Vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Part of the one-off series.

This is wild. It’s all flint and apples, snow pea, grass and sulphides. It’s textural to the point of creaminess, intense to the point of bitey-ness, though of course the one is the perfect complement to the other. Highly engaging wine, just needs a few more months to settle down." - 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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