Smiths Vineyard is the oldest Vineyard in modern Beechworth Viticulture.
The Smiths Vineyard was planted in 1978 at an elevation of 550 metres above sea level at the cross-over between the two soil types that define the Beechworth region; the shaley red Ordovician soil and the granitic soil.
In 2018, the conditions aligned at Smiths to produce a very special parcel of fruit that Adrian has released as a stand-alone wine. "You pretty quickly figure out which parts of the vineyard seem to do just a bit better than others. In my mind the Chardonnay from the Triangle Block always made the best wine. Then in years like 2018, the wines goes to a whole new level. It's the type of wine I wanted to make since I got here". Facing South-East and consisting of just 183 vines, this block consistently produces Chardonnay of the highest quality. Fruit was whole-bunch pressed to oak without clarification or racking for non-temperature controlled fermentation in one new 500 litre puncheon and one second use 300 litre hogshead. Upon completion of fermentation, the wine was immediately sulphured to preserve freshness and acidity and rested on lees for 12 months. The wine was transferred to older oak for a further 6 months prior to bottling. 13%Alc
"Powerful aromas of citrus (think grapefruit and lime), white nectarine and flowers combine with secondary characters of freshly grilled nuts, gun smoke and slate. Complex and intense, a creamy, velvety texture is underlined by mouth-watering acidity and interwoven by chalky, savoury phenolics. The finish is precise, long and intense." - A. Rodda