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  • Sourced from vines planted in 1978
  • A vibrant, fresh, textural wine grown by one of the best viticulturalists in the country.
  • It is a unique expression of the vineyard site
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Pale-Straw
Nose Aromas of grapefruit, melon and stone fruit with hints of struck match an minerality.
Palate The palate is rich and vibrant, yet fresh. There are melon, citrus and stone fruit flavours with iscuity characters and a clean dry finish.
Food Pairing Chicken, turkey.
Cellaring 3-5 Years
Notes The grapes for this wine were sourced from the Smiths vineyard, Beechworth.
Variety Chardonnay
Body Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Beechworth
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Fighting Gully Road
The first vines were planted at the Fighting Gully Road vineyard site in 1997. Although purchased in 1995, the following two years were spent clearing the property of scrub, stumps and many thousands of rabbits. After establishing a vineyard on colluvial slopes overlooking the Ovens river valley with his brothers in 1988, Mark’s interest in even cooler climate viticulture led him to elevated Beechworth plateau that can be clearly seen from the original vineyard. Cabernet Sauvignon and a small plot of Merlot were the first vines planted, followed by Pinot Noir in the following year.



The site rises up to the top of the escarpment above the Murmungee basin, to the south of the town of Beechworth. The north and west facing lower slopes were planted to the red Bordeaux varieties; while the upper and east facing slopes were planted to Pinot Noir. Over subsequent years, small areas have been re-worked to include Tempranillo, Shiraz and Sangiovese. In 2009 the opportunity arose to lease the Smith vineyard, located only a few minutes away from the Fighting Gully Road site. This small vineyard was planted to Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1978, making it the oldest vineyard in the region. In 2010 their first Beechworth Chardonnay vintage was produced which was released in 2011 under the Fighting Gully Road label.
Beechworth
With soils packed with minerals and a range of altitudes and terroir, Beechworth is situated on the continental side of the Victorian Alps, setting the scene for warm, sunny days as well as cool nights, which temper any heat and produce wine grapes with natural elegance.



Beechworth is home to some of the best Chardonnay produced in Australia, along with other cool-climate varietals like Pinot Noir. A focus on small batch production lends a boutique air to Beechworth with winemakers being hands-on when it comes to every aspect of their vines and wines.

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