Brokenwood Indigo Chardonnay 2016 ~ Beechworth Victoria

Tasting Notes

The Beechworth ‘terroir’ has a distinctive fruit character of pear/peach fruit. The oak has minimal impact by using older French oak and mainly puncheons. The warm year has meant less citrus lift but has bran meal notes from the wild ferment and extended lees contact. The palate is quite rich with zesty acid line through to the finish. Maybe leave the 2012 and 2013 for a couple more years and enjoy this in its youth.

Winemakers Comments

The success our neighbour (at Beechworth) Rick Kinzbrunner at Giaconda has had with Beechworth Chardonnay highlights the quality of this region. Different soils, aspect, clones & age of vines on the Indigo property will lead our Chardonnay in a different direction but with minimum winemaker input, the region still expresses itself. The two previous vintages of this wine have been very successful in wine shows around Australia and we think the 2014 will follow suit. A reduced crop due to frost on October 18 2013 and then a quite hot summer. Early picking avoided any heat damage.


Whole bunch pressing, wild ferment in new French oak have come together in spectacular fashion. The wine was fermented in 30% new French oak and the balance older, from a variety of cooperages.


Seafood to light meats.


Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.

Pin It

Related Items