Situated approximately 6km from Beechworth on the Wangaratta Road, Warner Vineyard enjoys one of the premium vineyard sites of the Beechworth region. Warner Vineyard has enjoyed much success over nearly two decades, providing premium fruit into high quality limited release wines.
In 2012, the family members behind Warner Vineyard decided it was time to start releasing wine under our own label. This decision has been made to capitalise on the quality of the fruit as well as experience gained over a fairly long ‘apprenticeship’ supplying high quality grapes to a limited number of selected local winemakers.
Utilising the services of Gary Mills at Jamsheed Wines, who also purchases fruit from us for his own wines, we have released two wines from the 2012 vintage, a Shiraz and a Chardonnay. Both of these wines are released under the label “The Rest” and as is outlined on the back label, they are named after one of the original gold rush pubs that existed on what is now the site of Warner Vineyard.
Unlike some vineyards there really isn’t a lot to see at Warner Vineyard. There are no flash buildings, roses, sealed roads or manicured lawns. But if you know where to look you will be very impressed. It’s what is below the ground that counts. Warner Vineyard enjoys excellent soils for growing premium wine grapes. Combined with attention to detail during all stages of grape growing, Warner Vineyard is renowned for producing fruit of the highest quality. Great wine, starts with great fruit, is brought to life through the skills of a talented winemaker and is allowed to shine when enjoyed with a wonderful meal. We’ve put a lot of time into ensuring the first two points are taken care of, “The Rest” is up to you. Enjoy.
Arrange A Tasting – Cellar Door
At Warner Vineyard we don’t just grow grapes and make wine. We also farm around 400ha growing lamb, wool and beef. On top of that, most of us work off farm as well. So we don’t have a cellar door outlet. That said if you would like to arrange a tasting by all means give us a call and we will be happy to arrange a private tasting – country style, at our home overlooking the vineyard and farm.
Just give Stuart a call on 0438 331 768
At Warner Vineyard Grapes are hand picked from vines grown in decomposed granite soils which allow the vines to naturally manage their yield to ensure optimum fruit quality. Our fruit is keenly sought by renowned winemakers however we keep the best fruit for our own wines using our knowledge of our vineyard to select the best rows. Our aim is always to produce straight varietals, however in some years we take the opportunity to produce white blends of either Roussanne Marsanne or Marsanne Chardonnay. These wines are designed as ‘alternative’ wines and something where we can experiment and explore different approaches.
“The Rest” 2015 Chardonnay
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 true to the vineyard and eloquent winemaking style. Bottled in November 2015, and aged for 12 months prior to release its ready for drinking now, or if you like cellar it and let it mature for a while, you won’t be disappointed. $33. Purchase Here
2015 Warner Vineyard Roussanne
2015 presented a season which allowed us to produce a single varietal Roussanne. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed, limited time on skins and racked with full solids into French oak of varying age and sizes including some new (Rousseau) oak. Like all Warner Vineyard wines this was with indigenous yeasts and left on lees until bottling in February 2016. This wine has been treated with minimal intervention including no filtering prior to bottling. This wine has a beautiful colour imparted from the skins and lees. $33. Purchase Here
2015 Warner Vineyard Marsanne-Chardonnay
Consisting of two thirds Marsanne this wine was produced with similar methods to our straight our straight Roussanne. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed and racked with full solids into French oak of varying formats using indigenous yeasts and left on lees until bottling. The resulting wine shows the trademarks of the granite rich site with the softness and richness of the marsanne balancing the minerality of the chardonnay. $30. Purchase Here
“The Rest” 2014 Shiraz
The cold start to the 2014 vintage resulted in a slightly later than usual harvest, allowing the development of complex flavours balanced with ripeness. Taking carefully selected fruit from each of our shiraz vineyards indigenous yeasts were used on two parcels of fruit. As usual the fruit from our main shiraz block was divided between whole bunch (75%) and destemmed (25%) with the fruit from our second block fully destemmed. The resultant wine is close to 50:50 whole-bunch:destemmed. After twice daily pump over/aerations before tapering off to irregular punch downs this wine was pressed to a combination of new and aged French oak. Whilst in barrel MLF was undertaken and the wine was left on full lees for approx. 14 months before racking and bottling, unfiltered and unfined. $36. Purchase Here
Warner Vineyard 2014 Roussanne-Marsanne –Sold Out
2014 was just ‘one of those years’. Two frost to kick off the season wiped out our Chardonnay and limited the yields of the Roussanne and Marsanne to such a degree that we decided to only pick the very best rows and make a blended wine. Treated with the same fine wine making techniques of all our wines, it has shown that you should never give up. The resulting wine has the richness of the “The Rest” Roussanne, great ‘mouth feel’, the toastiness from the oak and a beautiful colour. We wont be making many blended wines as the philosophy of the Warner Vineyard wines is for them to take a single varietal approach. However out of challenges we often get some interesting results and this wine is certainly one of those.
Past Vintage Wines
“The Rest” 2012 Chardonnay & “The Rest” 2012 Shiraz – Sold Out
2012 marked our first year of producing wine under our own label. Keeping only 2 ton each of our chardonnay and shiraz we produced wines that we hoped reflected the vineyard and the season. They also helped set the direction of our own label wines and provided many customers access to wines from the Warner Vineyard at more affordable prices. The wines were well accepted and subsequently sold out.
“The Rest” 2013 Roussanne – Sold out
The success of the 2012 Shiraz and 2012 Chardonnay gave us confidence to have a go at a Roussanne. Produced in very limited quantities (only 80 cases) this wine was met with excitement from consumers, particularly those who were familiar with wines produced by Giaconda from fruit grown in our vineyard in the past. The 2013 Roussanne was our fastest selling wine to date reflecting its quality.
Roussanne is a grape variety that not just anyone can get right. It takes careful management, a knowing wine maker and lots of patience. When you do get it right it is brilliant. Again we hand pick this fruit, rejecting any bunches that are not perfect. At the winery it is whole bunch pressed and racked with full solids into French oak of various ages, including some new oak, and varying formats. It was then fermented with indigenous yeasts and left on lees until bottling which occurred in February 2014. This wine is a great example of how Roussanne should be made. Enjoy it now or give it some time, at least a few years.
“The Rest” 2013 Shiraz –Sold out
2013 will go down as one of the all time GREAT shiraz years across many regions of Australia and the Beechworth region will be no exception to this. There are very limited supplies left of this keenly sought after wine. It is drinking well know, however will love a little more time in the bottle and will be at its best in a couple of years (of course by then it will be all sold out).
The 2014 Beechworth Vignerons Spring tasting saw the offical release of our 2013 “The Rest” Roussanne.
Its well known within the wine world that Warner Vineyard boasts one of the very best roussanne sites in Beechworth and for many years we supplied Giaconda with fruit for their Aeolia label. When Giaconda decided to cease production of that label it meant that roussanne fruit became available for other wine makers and new labels.
Gary Mills from Jamsheed uses some of the fruit to produce his Beechworth Roussanne, and Warner Vineyard is also using Gary to make the wine for our “The Rest” series of wines.
We we have VERY limited quantities of this wine – only about 70 cases produced in total – for 2013 and we will be offering it on a first in best dressed basis. So if you want some get in quickly.
24th of July 2013 – Introducing “The Rest”
Why “The Rest “
Built upon granite foundations, The Rest Hotel, was once close to the site of Warner Vineyard. These same granite foundations provide the soils for the Warner Vineyard, with over 300T of rock moved during vineyard construction in the mid 1990s.
So what makes it special?
Warner Vineyard has built its reputation on low yielding, hand-picked fruit allowing us to control quality. “The Rest” takes this fruit, and in combination with French oak and premium wine making techniques, delivers a wine reflecting devotion to the quest of a premium product.
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2012 Chardonnay: “Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed (then the pressings returned); wild yeast-fermented and matured for 10 months in 1 and 2-year-old French oak. The first time part of the crop has been withheld from the queue of eager grape purchasers, and the complexity of the tapestry of flavours demonstrates why the demand is so strong”. James Halliday 95 Points
2012 Shiraz: “Slightly subdued colour is misleading, for the bouquet has an array of spice, cracked black pepper and plum fruit leading into an elegantly savoury, light to medium-bodied palate; looks over its shoulder to the Rhï¿½ne Valley, perhaps due to the whole bunch ferment of roughly half the wine (the other half destemmed)”. James Halliday 94 Points
2013 Roussanne: “Bunch-sorted, then whole bunch-pressed to French oak of various ages (some new) for wild fermentation, and kept on lees in that oak until bottled Feb ’14. Bright straw-green, it is a potent and savoury wine, with some bitter aloe/almond kernel nuances. Will build even more with time. James Halliday 92 Points
2012 Chardonnay: “Light to medium, bright yellow colour. Attractive yeasty and creamy lees aromas, youthful and fresh, then a soft, fruity palate with a lick of apparent sweetness. A fairly straightforward style, a more commercial caste of chardonnay. Well-made”. 88 Points
2012 Shiraz: “Medium to deep red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is peppery and just a trifle herbaceous, and it’s a tad lean in the mouth. Good wine, in a light to medium-bodied style, but just on the shy side of full ripeness. Nice, though”. 89 Points
2013 Roussanne: “Full yellow colour. The bouquet is very Rhone-ish, perhaps even viognier-like: spicy and apricot-like, the palate rich and deep with density and volume of flavour. It’s rich and medium to full-bodied, with lychee flavours and soft, ample, near-dry finish. Spiced honey. Some warmth from alcohol”. 92 Points
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Arrange A Tasting – Cellar Door
At Warner Vineyard we don’t just grow grapes and make wine. We also farm around 400ha growing lamb, wool and beef. On top of that, most of us work off farm as well. So we don’t have a cellar door outlet. That said if you would like to arrange a tasting by all means give us a call and we will be happy to arrange a private tasting – country style, at our home overlooking the vineyard and farm. Just give Stuart a call on 0438 331 768