2018 Chardonnay

“Light straw-yellow colour; appealing bouquet of subtle toasty oak and lemon and grapefruit characters. There is good lemony intensity in the mid-palate which carries long, the fruit doing most of the talking. A refined style of considerable charm, and it has the potential to go further. Lovely drinking.”

95/100 Huon Hooke, The Real Review, April 2020

2018 Chardonnay

“It’s creamy cashew and peachy, ginger spice (feels posh too), a silky feel in with juicy pink grapefruit acidity and flavour, flows along beautifully, but it’s the burst of fresh acidity and intensity on the long finish that makes it so very appealing. Flavour yes, but delivered with style and control. Excellent.”

94 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, March 2020

2017 Shiraz

“A graceful and effortless Shiraz. Mixed berries, a little cracked pepper and spice, gentle vanilla and floral perfume. It’s medium-bodied, fine and pleasingly ‘mineral’ in feel and taste, supple long grained tannin, and spicy, long and a little meaty to close. Beautifully made”

94 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, March 2020

2019 Vermentino

“Very good Vermentino. Fine chalky feel, lemon pith and spice, freshness and energy, some juicy green pear flavour, savoury almost umami flavour on the finish, along with a little quinine-like bitterness. Lovely.”

93 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, March 2020

Unfortunately due to bush fires in North East Victoria in the 2019-20 summer, we regret that there will be no wine made in 2020 at Willem Kurt. Lets hope that the 2021 vintage will be extra special to make up for it.

Winter 2019. Laying out vineyard posts, in preparation for planting Vermentino.

Considering the prolonged heat in January 2019, chardonnay was harvested in excellent condition.  As of May 2019 the wine in oak looks fantastic.

 We started planting chardonnay in spring 2017, followed by shiraz in 2018. This photo was taken in summer 2018, a hint of Mt Buffalo can be seen in the distance.

2016 Shiraz

“Beechworth shiraz. Fermented wild, 10% whole bunches, all-French oak, no fining or filtration. It’s a pretty, medium-weight shiraz but it doesn’t lack flavour; or character for that matter. Trademark (in Beechworth terms) cherry-plum fruit flavour with inklings of anise. Choc-orange notes, not into Jaffa territory but suggestive of it. Herb notes, sweet and floral. Maybe some mint. It just works. Tannin is massaged through the back half. It’s a lovely shiraz.” 

93+points , Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, December 2018

Spring 2018, the second year for these chardonnay vines. We are very much looking forward to the first crop in 2020.

2017  Chardonnay

“There’s no doubt that Beechworth is ‘flavour country’ when it comes to Chardonnay.

Golden colour with peach, lime zest, honey oatmeal, fresh basil, and spicy oak in the background. Medium to full-bodied, almond biscuit, ripe citrus and peach, a good tang and grip in the middle, though perhaps a little loose through the finish. Good wine. I’m thinking roast chicken.”   

92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, December 2018

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