2018 Cuvee de Chez, Beechworth


An array of red and purple fruits (think dark cherries and plums) with heightened aromas of violets and wild herbs.  The supple fruit weight is seamlessly interwoven with fine, velvety tannins giving the wine great balance and finesse.

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“Cuvée de Chez” loosely translates as Cellar Blend and is Adrian’s interpretation of a traditional Bordeaux blend or ‘Claret’.

Adrian believes that when it comes to Bordeaux varieties, the sum is greater than its parts. Cabernet Sauvignon provides the tannin, length and structural backbone, Merlot contributes ‘the fuzzy ball of fruit’ in the mid-palate, Cabernet Franc red fruits and savouriness, Petit Verdot adds perfume and acid line and Malbec gives dark fruits and overall roundness to the finish. With this in mind, each variety was made to ensure its varietal strengths came to the fore.

Cabernet Sauvignon was crushed and de-stemmed whereas the other four varieties incorporated more whole berries. During fermentation, the timing and combination of pump-overs, “rack and returns”, pigeage and plunging was to preserve aromatics and perfume yet extract adequate tannins for structure and length, depending on the variety. Post-fermentation, the Cabernet Sauvignon was held on skins for a further 12 days than the other varieties. All wines were pressed to French oak  barriques (25% first use) for a 15 month elevage.

The 2017 Cuvée de Chez blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 18%, Petit Verdot 9%, Cabernet Franc 8% and Malbec 7%..


2018 Harvest Date: 15-30th March

Bottled: 7th September 2019

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Aromas of spiced plums, licorice and red currants are heightened by floral notes of violets and dried rose petals. The supple fruit characters of red currants and plums, flow across the palate seamlessly interwoven with velvety tannins giving the wine great balance and finesse.