2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Thorley Nebbiolo

Highly Rated
The impeccable debut release of Nebbiolo from Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown. A future collectable!

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After years of patient watching and waiting, the Nebbiolo vines from Tessa and Jeremy's Thorley vineyard has finally been captured in a bottle, and boy what a result we have here.

Nebbiolo in Australia has at times struggled to find an identity, but the high hills surrounding Beechworth, a region better known for quality Nebbiolo in Australia than almost any other, could perhaps be this grape's ideal home away from home.

Such is the VS&B signature, this is fine-tuned, elegant, and full of detail. It carries a freshness and vitality unseen in most Australian Nebbiolo, without sacrificing any varietal and regional character. It's such a beautiful drink.

Just 58 dozen produced of this wine, so get in quick and pick up a bottle or six of this inaugural release of what will likely become a future collectable.

95 points
"A brilliant and complex, alpine styled Nebbiolo."
- Tom Kline (Wine Pilot)

94+ points
"Fine perfume here, and a certain cool alpine feel and clarity... So nicely done. It’s lucid and tight, and has the signature of Nebboiolo firmly etched. I’m impressed. Very."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

A vibrant deep terracotta hue. The nose is initially redolent of dried rose petals, then come waves of liqueur cherry, fresh leather and a clean charriness. In the mouth the wine is agile and tactile, medium bodied yet grippy. There’s a delicious interplay between a certain ripeness of flavour and lightening that the acid and tannin do, lifting all beautifully.

95 points - "Quality maraschino cherry, gentle spice, a burst of fresh red rose. Incredibly high-toned and perfumed purity straight off. There’s a deeper side aching to come out and I can see this is going places. It reminds me of a quality Alto Piemonte Nebbiolo. Red plum pops out, some mint and cranberry, liquorice root and a hint of roasted tomato umami. The palate is bright and buoyant with lovely red fruited pop and bounce mirroring the nose and driven by bright red cherry and red florals that flesh out with air. It’s lithe but intense. Just when you’re enamoured by this wine’s delicacy and finesse, there’s an assertion of silty tannins commanding attention. It finishes fine with piquant acid the vehicle for a bright red fruited finish. A brilliant and complex, alpine styled Nebbiolo." - Tom Kline (Wine Pilot)

94 Points - "58 dozen produced. Vine age is six or seven years. 28 days maceration on skins. 18 months in old puncheon and hogshead. Fine perfume here, and a certain cool alpine feel and clarity. Red cherry, new leather, mint and liquorice root, a little spice and orange peel. Medium-bodied, juicy cherry and ripe strawberry, some savoury tobacco flavours, bright acidity, fine brick dust tannin, and a long spicy/dusty finish. So nicely done. It’s lucid and tight, and has the signature of Nebboiolo firmly etched. I’m impressed. Very." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

94 Points - "The 2021 Thorley Nebbiolo leads with rose petals and wet asphalt, star anise and black tea on the nose. In the mouth, the wine is soft and gently grippy, with lingering tannins that gain momentum as the wine moves across the palate. It features blood plum skin (that tangy little flick that you get when you bite into a Satsuma in summer), blood orange, gently leafy notes (dried bay, bramble, etc.) and pencil shavings. Like all of the Schmolzer & Brown wines, this feels placid, balanced and somehow zen. It is super lovely. Plus." - Erin Larkin (The Wine Advocate)

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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