Sentio Beechworth Shiraz 6pk 2015
A local Beechworth boy, Chris Catlow grew up amongst the vineyards of the region, and was destined to one day become the rising winemaking star of the region. Yearly trips to Burgundy to work vintage with Benjamin Leroux have taught Chris the importance of site, thus Sentio wines are always an expression of single vineyard wines. Founding his own label in 2013, Chris is amongst an exciting group of young winemakers emerging from North-East Victoria. Working out of an abandoned asylum in the middle of Beechworth, he is helping to reshaping the narrative of the region.
Precision. It’s the first word to come to mind when tasting this shiraz. It’s from Beechworth, and is made by Chris Catlow. Sentio wines, if you’ve not heard the name before, is a fledging but high class producer.
This flies straight into no-brainer territory. It’s light but insistent, ripe and fruity but moreso savoury, with long reaches of both tannin and acidity as underpinning. In short it ticks all boxes and then adds a few bonus characters. Undergrowth, velvety mouthfeel, meat and smoked clove notes. It’s a wine that’s hard to pin down, in a good way. Don’t expect thickness or overt density, but do expect a certain strength of personality. Campbell Mattinson- Winefront