The 2017 Sorrenberg SBS has just been released but it is a cracking wine. Creamy, tangerine, floral, tart core unripe mango on the nose. Mouthfilling, long, tangy, honeycomb, dry. Builds on finish it is certainly and is just lovely. I’d drink this from now but it is so well put together it will evolve over the medium term. Pair it with scallops is my tip.
One of the wineries that I’ve been luck enough to taste consistently over the years is Sorrenberg. A few years ago I got to have lunch with Barry and Jan followed by a barrel tasting and vineyard tour. They are humble, but they make amazing wine from a couple of blocks in Beechworth. For them it is all about the growing and the rest of the process is not messing it up. The Chardonnay is a standout for me but having cellared some of the SBS for about seven years once, I can heartily endorse that wine as well as the Cabernet and Gamay.
Taken from the Sorrenberg Website
“Sorrenberg Vineyard was established in 1984. It is a 3 hectare vineyard at an elevation of 560 meters.
Although the vineyard is granitic it does have the advantage of being on the border where the granite meets the red mudstone, giving the soil greater water holding capacity and the wine structure.
The finesse and elegance of Sorrenberg wines can be attributed to the fact that it is one of the highest vineyards on granite soil in the Beechworth region.
The varieties grown are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
The Rhino block named after Barry’s grandfathers vineyard was established in 2005 by Sorrenberg vineyard at an elevation of 595 meters.
This is a dry grown block on granite soils.
Varieties planted are Chardonnay and Gamay.
Both Sorrenberg vineyard and Rhino are certified biodynamic.”
The region that was a gold and prison town long before it was famous for wine. Beechworth has a lot to offer wine lovers. With a good diversity of styles from rich Chardonnay to Pinot Noir as well as Shiraz and Cabernet all doing well it is a must visit. Giaconda is the most famous name in the region but other wineries have crafted reputations for quality. Serious work into the terroirs has seen that Beechworth is probably in fact three or four distinct regions.
Hero to many, weed to many more. Sauvignon Blanc sure does divide people. The pure expression of Sauvignon fruit is a stunning and exuberant array of tropical fruits with ripe herbs and plant material. It excels in the chalk, clay and sand of the Loire as well as the wonderful vineyards in Bordeaux for dry white and Sauternes production where Semillon curbs its outgoing nature.
A somewhat shy variety that is most famous for balancing Sauvignon Blancs overt tendencies in table wines and sauternes styles. It found a home in the Hunter where the early picked wines can live for 50 years.