2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Thorley Syrah

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Tessa and Jeremy's elegant, detailed, Rhone-inspired Beechworth Syrah.

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If you love elegant, detailed, perfumed, Northern Rhone-inspired Syrah/Shiraz, then look no further.

Tessa and Jeremy's site, their "first child", is the Thorley vineyard. It sits high in the back hills of Beechworth near the township of Stanley, with the vines all lovingly planted by friends and family. It's the highest altitude site in the region, and during winter, snow is not uncommon.

This is a true cool-climate Syrah - dark-fruited, uber-perfumed and spicy, with detail and freshness. Northern Rhone meets Beechworth, meets yum-town!

"Here's a vintage that offers a wealth of the region's pepper and spice style with ripe, dark plums, black cherry fruits, toasty oak and an intriguing whisper of savoury, smoked meats."
- 95 points, Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

A deep but clear maroon-purple appearance. The nose flips between olive brine and cold clay, and more ascendant violet purple floral characters. With time in glass, a ripple of pleasing greeny stalkishness emerges as does white pepper and macerated blue-purple fruits.

The palate is all blackberry compote, unsweetened and vital, and the tannins are quite rolling and layered, silty and emery at the same time. Cool pepperiness builds to length.

95 Points - "An elegant, cool-climate syrah – for once, you might agree with the winemaker's preference for the term syrah over shiraz, and what it means in the glass. The latter maintains a lively, enduring spiciness and charm. Here's a vintage that offers a wealth of the region's pepper and spice style with ripe, dark plums, black cherry fruits, toasty oak and an intriguing whisper of savoury, smoked meats. Rolls across the tongue aided by fine-cut tannins. Depth and grace." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

94 Points - "Plum, toasted hazelnut and pecans, roast beef and rosemary, a grind of pepper and spice. It’s medium-bodied, silky and nutty, walnut tannin, and a kind of honey and red fruit juiciness, though it’s essence is more stony/mineral, and, of course, nutty, and the finish has some spice and burnt orange, which carries long in the aftertaste. Really like this. It’s so distinctive and good to drink." - 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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