Situated approximately 6km from Beechworth on the Wangaratta Road, Warner Vineyard enjoys one of the premium vineyard sites of the Beechworth region. Warner Vineyard has enjoyed much success over nearly two decades, providing premium fruit into high quality limited release wines. In 2012, the family members behind Warner Vineyard decided it was time to start releasing wine under our own label. This decision has been made to capitalise on the quality of the fruit as well as experience gained over a fairly long ‘apprenticeship’ supplying high quality grapes to a limited number of selected local winemakers. Utilising the services of Gary Mills at Jamsheed Wines, who also purchases fruit from us for his own wines, we have released two wines from the 2012 vintage, a Shiraz and a Chardonnay. Both of these wines are released under the label “The Rest” and as is outlined on the back label, they are named after one of the original gold rush pubs that existed on what is now the site of Warner Vineyard. Unlike some vineyards there really isn’t a lot to see at Warner Vineyard. There are no flash buildings, roses, sealed roads or manicured lawns. But if you know where to look you will be very impressed. It’s what is below the ground that counts. Warner Vineyard enjoys excellent soils for growing premium wine grapes. Combined with attention to detail during all stages of grape growing, Warner Vineyard is renowned for producing fruit of the highest quality. Great wine, starts with great fruit, is brought to life through the skills of a talented winemaker and is allowed to shine when enjoyed with a wonderful meal. We’ve put a lot of time into ensuring the first two points are taken care of, “The Rest” is up to you. Enjoy.
RECENT REVIEWS JAMES HALLIDAY 2012 Chardonnay: “Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed (then the pressings returned); wild yeast-fermented and matured for 10 months in 1 and 2-year-old French oak. The first time part of the crop has been withheld from the queue of eager grape purchasers, and the complexity of the tapestry of flavours demonstrates why the demand is so strong”. James Halliday 95 Points 2012 Shiraz: “Slightly subdued colour is misleading, for the bouquet has an array of spice, cracked black pepper and plum fruit leading into an elegantly savoury, light to medium-bodied palate; looks over its shoulder to the Rhï¿½ne Valley, perhaps due to the whole bunch ferment of roughly half the wine (the other half destemmed)”. James Halliday 94 Points 2013 Roussanne: “Bunch-sorted, then whole bunch-pressed to French oak of various ages (some new) for wild fermentation, and kept on lees in that oak until bottled Feb ’14. Bright straw-green, it is a potent and savoury wine, with some bitter aloe/almond kernel nuances. Will build even more with time. James Halliday 92 Points HUON HOOKE 2012 Chardonnay: “Light to medium, bright yellow colour. Attractive yeasty and creamy lees aromas, youthful and fresh, then a soft, fruity palate with a lick of apparent sweetness. A fairly straightforward style, a more commercial caste of chardonnay. Well-made”. 88 Points 2012 Shiraz: “Medium to deep red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is peppery and just a trifle herbaceous, and it’s a tad lean in the mouth. Good wine, in a light to medium-bodied style, but just on the shy side of full ripeness. Nice, though”. 89 Points 2013 Roussanne: “Full yellow colour. The bouquet is very Rhone-ish, perhaps even viognier-like: spicy and apricot-like, the palate rich and deep with density and volume of flavour. It’s rich and medium to full-bodied, with lychee flavours and soft, ample, near-dry finish. Spiced honey. Some warmth from alcohol”. 92 Points