Owner and winemaker, Keppel Smith has been steadily toiling away in his vineyard since the estates inception in 1996 creating amazing wines that have been gaining serious attention worldwide.
The wines undergo a natural fermentation using only indigenous yeasts, see roughly 50% new oak and are bottled unfiltered. They are then only released when winemaker Keppell Smith believes they are ready for market.
The fruit is grown on ancient granitic “buckshot” over decomposed clay. These unique gravels are rich in minerals and provide excellent drainage whilst the clay provides some sustained water to the vines in summer. This ancient, poor soil naturally limits the cropping level to less than 4.5 tons per hectare.
‘Beechworth isn’t the easiest place to grow pinot noir but the gods were especially kind this season. This is a
beautiful wine. It unfurls in your mouth as you drink it. Keen, smoky oak. Dark, meaty, (black)-cherried fruit.
And stalky notes of dried herbs and ash. It’s a tangy, lively, lengthy wine with its array of flavours fluttering out
through the finish.’
96 Points – James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion