This wine is a blend of the Indigo Vineyard Beechworth Chardonnay and the McNamara Vineyard Alpine Valleys Chardonnay. They are only a couple of kilometres apart as the crow flies. But the elevation, soils and climate are all quite different. And it works.
The wine is beautifully crafted. Stone fruits, cashews, white stones. The palate is voluptuous it seeps into every corner. The acid sits under all of this and helps this wine linger forever. This wine combines the best of Beechworth Chardonnay with more elegance and length. Drink this Alpine Valley Beechworth Chardonnay from now to 2027 or so.
Indigo Vineyard is on the golden stretch of Beechworth. That Beechworth-Wangaratta road strip has been responsible for some of the greatest wines of Beechworth and Australia. Indigo Vineyard has 46 hectares planted to 11 different varieties of grapes. The vineyard soils range from granitic sands to clay loams. Most of the vineyard is undulating North-South and East facing.
Built on the fame and drive of Giaconda. The region of Beechworth has a lot to offer wine lovers. Including a good diversity of styles. Rich Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, spicy Shiraz, and Cabernet all historically excel. But Nebbiolo is becoming a prominent grape for quality wine.
There is a lot spoken about the lovely King Valley. But the Alpine Valleys that surround offers some fantastic wines. Often at great value.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool-climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.