The vintage in Beechworth was non existant for 2007. A very late arctic frost in November wiped out what fruit was remaining. The drought and bushfires did not help. We managed to source some very good fruit from Tumbarumba to produce only a Sauvignon Blanc and a Shiraz from this vintage.
Shiraz Tumbarumba Heathcote
The 2007 Vintage of Sorrenberg fruit was wiped out by a severe frost late in the 2006 growing season. We had the opportunity to buy some Shiraz fruit from two separate areas, Tumbarumba and Heathcote. This wine exhibits the best from both regions, the tightness from Tumbarumba and the generosity from Heathcote. The wine was matured for 12 months in 20% new oak before minimal filtration at bottling.
The nose of this wine shows a combination of spice and peppered blackcurrant fruit. This carries through to an elegant lengthy palate.
A well balanced wine with the potential to age for 5-8 years.
Sauvignon Blanc Tumbarumba Beechworth
This wine consists of 50% Sorrenberg fruit and 50% Tumbarumba Sauvignon Blanc. The 2007 vintage produced very little fruit at Sorrenberg so some additional fruit was sourced from the cool climate area of Tumbarumba. This vintage also has no Semillon in it. Altogether the fruit had 8 hours skin contact before pressing. This wine was 100% barrel fermented with predominately larger barrels used. Most went through natural yeast fermentation. The extended lees contact helps fill out the middle palate and gives this wine the extra dimension it is known for.
The bouquet of the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc is showing herbaceous and mineral characters. This follows through on to the palate with crisp clean acid to produce fresh well integrated flavours.
Cellaring Potential is 4 years.