Willem Kurt winemaker Daniel Balzer is a lovely man who has been making wine since 1998. By working at big and small companies he found his feet and developed a philosophy that is timeless; start with healthy grapes from a great vineyard and don’t do anything mess it up. Having tried a few vintages I think he’s doing a stunning job and the wines are priced at a level that you’d be crazy to buy just one bottle. Which is great because they are too tasty to stop at just one bottle.
This is not your everyday Chardonnay. It has a lot of flint and oak initially with hints of grapes, grapefruit and melons underneath. The palate is tightly wound and intense. This is a wine that needs a lot of time open or a lot of time in bottle… well both would be good. I’d give it a snooze until 2024. I love the style though and would happily pair it with a pork dish, or scallops, or both at the same time. As much as it pains me to say, it might need a decant if served young.
Built on the fame and drive of Giaconda, the region of 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 place.
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.