- 2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Thorley Riesling
- 2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Thorley Chardonnay
- 2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Brunnen Chardonnay
- 2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Brunnen Pinot Noir
- 2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Thorley Nebbiolo
- 2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Thorley Syrah
If you want to experience the pinnacle of Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown, and simply one of the most compelling ranges of wine in Victoria, then this pack is for you.
Husband and wife pair Tessa Brown and Jeremy Schmolzer craft elegant, pure, detailed wines from Beechworth and surrounds. This pack showcases the single-site wonders from Tess and Jeremy's remarkable Thorley vineyard, as well as their neighbouring Brunnen vineyard, the two highest altitude vineyards in Beechworth.
Each coming with high praise but many in tiny volumes, these are future collectibles and some of our favourite Australian wines. Run, don't walk.
The Pack Features:
2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Brunnen Chardonnay
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)
2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Thorley Chardonnay
Beechworth and Chardonnay are synonymous now, thanks to the great vineyards of the region (Giaconda, Sorrenberg, Domenica et al) and here's a new name to enter that class.
Thorley is a pint-sized property planted by husband and wife, Jeremy Schmolzer and Tessa Brown. It's a much higher altitude site than those names previously mention and so produces a finer, more detailed expression of Chardonnay, that's not without the classic Beechworth power.
It's long and fine, beautifully balanced and if the track record of their Brunnen Chardonnay (from the vineyard across the road) is anything to go by, it should cellar beautifully too.
"Succulent, quietly powerful, green apple, just-ripe nectarine, a touch of ginger... Phwoar, haven’t VS&B nailed chardonnay in 2021."
- 95 pts, Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
"Calm, fine-boned, and beautifully turned out. It’s some drink."
- 95 pts, Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Thorley Riesling
The Thorley Riesling is grown by Tesa & Jeremy at VS&B high up on their small vineyard in Stanley outside Beechworth. It's frightfully cold up there on the property, perfect conditions for growing fine-boned, delicate Rieslings.
Jeremy has spent a vintage at the great Keller Wines in the Rheinhessen, and Tessa is obsessed with the variety - it's fair to say they know their way Riesling. With this wine, made from their own home-grown fruit, no stone is left unturned getting this to its full potential.
In contrast to their King Valley Rieslings, this is close to bone dry. A little time in old oak fills out the texture and will allow for excellent ageing potential. It's a gorgeous wine made in very small quantities.
"Stunning intensity, texture and length... Amazing wine."
- 95 pts, Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Brunnen Pinot Noir
The Brunnen vineyard is set amongst spectacular Australian bushland high on the hill behind Beechworth. Its high altitude and rugged soils make a perfect setting for high-class Burgundian varieties, like this Pinot Noir.
This is a gorgeous, thought-provoking style of Pinot that has gotten better and better each season Tessa and Jeremy have been tending to this fruit. It has remarkable fruit purity, accents of earth, herbs and spice, and an elegance to it that is often missing in Beechworth Pinot Noir.
This is one of the finest examples of Pinot Noir to be found from the region and highly worth investigating for lovers of quality Pinot.
"A serious statement about the ability of Beechworth to make quality pinot, making drinkers sit up and take notice... Super impressive."
- 96 points, Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)
2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Thorley Syrah
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)
2021 Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown Thorley Nebbiolo
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.
"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."
- 94+ points, Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)
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