REVIEWS '50/50% from the estate vineyard and Smiths Vineyard, wild-fermented in Italian-coopered French oak and matured for 10 months. Has that distinctive Beechworth chardonnay flavour, pitched precisely in the midpoint between stone fruit and citrus, and the polished mouthfeel that follows.' 95 Points - James Halliday
'Light yellow hue, with restrained and slightly smoky, charcuterie-like and citrus fruit aromas. The palate is delicate and tight, crisp and lively, with a lean profile and prominent acidity. Reserved flavour, subtlety and plenty of legs for the future. Mouth-watering chardonnay.' 93 Points - Huon Hooke
WINE DESCRIPTION Fighting Gully Road is one of the leading luminaries of the Beechworth wine scene. Lead by the enigmatic Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year (2017) Mark Walpole and his offsider viticulturist partner, the highly acclaimed Adrian Rodda (of A. Rodda fame) this is a winery of hit-makers, working with some of the best fruit around. Before there was Giaconda, there was the Smith's vineyard, home to the estate fruit from Fighting Gully Road, and the oldest planted vineyard in the region. Known for producing superlative Chardonnay, Pinot and Shiraz, Mark has upended the textbook for what traditionally works in Northern Victoria, and is taking a turn using some more unusual native Italian Varietals to compliment the usual mix. Mark's work in reviving the Smith's vineyard has been tireless, and the results are showing with his exceptional.
This Chardonnay, the followup to last years smash hit 2015 vintage, is one of the most characterful and flavour-packed wines you are ever likely to find. It's a little smoky and reductive, but has a scintillating core of lemon balm, grapefruit and almond meal. Lots to like here, and a far more nuanced approach to modern Chardonnay, with the oak work seamless.