2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Brunnen Chardonnay

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Classy, elegant Beechworth Chardonnay from two of the region's hottest rising stars.

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If you are going to make Beechworth Chardonnay, it is fair to say the bar has been set high.

Names like Giaconda, Savaterre and Sorrenberg have set the standard for the region and they are some big shoes to fill. Tessa Brown and Jeremy Schmolzer are making a very good fist of it.

Their Brunnen Chardonnay comes from the vineyard directly across the road from their own block of fledgeling vines way up in the high country behind Beechworth. It is a beautiful site - cool, high and isolated.

The fruit is treated delicately; predominantly older oak, all natural ferments, malo only happens if it wants to. Nothing about this wine feels forced, it feels like it was nurtured into being. If this is the next generation of Beechworth Chardonnay, there's a bright future ahead for the region.

"Really great drinking. Complex, quite concentrated... Character-filled in the very best way. Nigh on sensational."
- 96 pts, Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

"Such personality and strength of character... Lots of crunch and energy here. Super."
- 96 pts, Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Bright pale straw. An initially shy yet complex nose melding yellow grapefruit, crushed shells and almond meal, with an overarching and delicately perfumed arbor of white florals.

The citrus zesty and minerally palate shows plenty of energy, with a light balancing of fresh cream to length. Think unripe peach and apricot, crunchy stonefruit flesh, their skins and kernels, building into yellow citrus on the palate.

96 points - "Really great drinking. Complex, quite concentrated, very saline and briny with hazelnut and almond characters galore – things we like. The green apple tang is there, grapefruit zing as well, some rice cracker notes, a wild streak of faint aldehyde (let’s say more salinity/minerally things) and all of that wrapped up in very high drinkability with great persistence and general sense of interest. Character-filled in the very best way. Nigh on sensational." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

96 points - "Such personality and strength of character, a little brittle salted toffee, praline, green apple and grapefruit, with a bright almost sherry-like tang to acidity, a light creaminess, fine chalky texture, bone dry, yet kind of succulent, with a long samphire and fennel laced finish. Lots of crunch and energy here. Super." - Gary Walsh (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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