Virago wine combines the intrigue of the sensual grape variety, Nebbiolo, with the unique terroir of Beechworth.
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Beechworth is a relatively small wine producing region located a 3 hour drive NE of Melbourne in the beautiful North East of Victoria, Australia. Although small in size and number of wineries the quality of wine is very high and up with the best wines produced from Australia’s other great cool climate wine regions. Beechworth can lay claim to producing some of Australia's finest examples of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Italian varietals such as Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.
The first vines were planted at the Fighting Gully Road vineyard site in 1997. The farm, mostly unimproved, was purchased in 1995 and the following two years were spent clearing the property of scrub, stumps and many thousands of rabbits.
We have long shared a wine interest with our attention more often than not grasped by structure. I guess it is no coincidence that this is reflected in the wines we choose to make. Nebbiolo, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, the noble red grapes...
This limited, 600 bottle release of Shiraz is a unique curio, made to be contrasting in style to our other offerings. Open-fermented with indigenous yeast and matured for twenty months in tight-grain French oak, the wine shows spiced plums, cloves...
This wine was made by pressing whole bunches and then combining with the pressings and racked to a combination of 1 and 2 year old French oak. Using indigenous yeasts for the fermentation and minimal intervention for 10 months, the resulting wine is