The partnership of Gayle and Serena are passionate about making great wines that express the vineyard and in the first years concentrated on establishing a premium vineyard whilst honing their skills as vignerons. Over the years Serengale has produced a small volume of wine for local restaurants and outlets as well as supplying high quality grapes to a number of notable wineries such as Giaconda and Savaterre. It is time for Serengale to showcase the now mature vineyard.
Our wine is made from specially selected handpicked bunches using wild yeast, gentle handling, unfiltered, low intervention wine making techniques. The wines are given plenty of time to mature, both in the best French oak barrels and in the bottle before releasing to produce intricate, intense yet delicate wines. Gayle focuses on expressing the season, the variety and the select areas of the vineyard, to make hand crafted wines that reflect a sense of place and season.
Serengale Chardonnay & New Varieties
Concentrating firstly on producing chardonnay wine, planted on south east slope of the vineyard at 325 meters in Devonian soil, Mother Nature has thrown a great deal at us and we are proud to say we have made some fabulous wines. There were years when she beat us and in keeping our pledge to make wines that are a reflection of place, we decided not to make chardonnay in 2009 and 2011.
In 2015 we produced our first small quantities of cabernet merlot, merlot cabernet with shiraz, rose and a straight merlot to follow. Our Serengale wines are made in small quantities cared for by hand with great attention to detail, bottled on site to express the vineyard and the season.
2012 Serengale Analisse Chardonnay
$60 per bottle
Exclusive to Wine Club Members
The 2012 Serengale Chardonnay is complex and once again exhibits mineral characteristics typical of the Beechworth region. It has pear and peach characters and is balanced by quality French Oak. Bottle age will only benefit this wine. A fabulous wine to share in the terroir of the Beechworth region.
2017 Serengale Chardonnay
$45 per bottle
Classic Beechworth chardonnay characters with honey dew melon, almonds, minerals and fine integrated French oak. The nose is a little closed initially but opens to citrus and spice characteristics. This wine is unfiltered to retain these unique qualities so may require decanting. Best chilled and not too cold. Excellent with poultry, fish or cheese.
2017 Serengale Rose
$28 per bottle
The 2017 Serengale Rose is a distinctive complex wine matured in old French oak barrels. Displays characters of strawberries, cream and turkish delight with a long dry finish. Serve chilled and great with ham, white rinded cheeses, seared salmon, tuna or duck.
2016 Serengale Merlot Cabernet
$32 per bottle
Exclusive to Wine Club Members
Intense fruit characters of plum, berries and damp earth with a hint of pepper, cassis, liquorice and fine tannins. Pairs beautifully with many foods including charcuterie, pork, veal or poultry.
2015 Serengale Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
$40 per bottle
Dark fruits of cassis and blackcurrant on the nose with a complex array of cabernet led characters of lavender and cocoa rounded out with plum and a touch of oak on the palate. Pairs beautifully with red meats, grilled tuna.
Vigneron Sister Vineyard - Virago
2013 La Misture Nebbiolo
$30 per bottle
A delicate depiction of Nebbiolo, the 2013 La Mistura provides the alluring floral bouquet and finishes with softer tannins than previous Virago vintages. La Mistura presents the perfect introduction for first time Nebbiolo drinkers, and illustrates the resemblance to Pinot Noir that is often described. La Mistura is Virago's second label, reserved for those vintages that provide a challenge in the vineyard, as 2013 definitely offered up.
2011 Virago Nebbiolo
$52 per bottle
We learned in 2011 that Noisy Friar birds love Nebbiolo too! Nebbiolo is the last variety to ripen, and by the time we harvested our crop, the birds had dined out on at least 1/3 of it. We supplemented our harvest with Nebbiolo from our neighbour, Indigo Vineyard.
Earthy, floral nose, fruit characters well balanced with firm and long tannins which make it the perfect companion for beef/lamb stew, drink now, but decant for up to an hour, or cellar for several years.
2012 Virago Nebbiolo
$47 per bottle
Warm summer days and cool nights, revitalizing rain though out the season....the 2012 is a reflection of near perfect growing conditions.
The 2012 Virago promises a mouthful of fruit on the first swirl, and it does not disappoint.
Reviewed: January 2016
Serengale Chardonnay 2012 - Serengale Vineyard, Beechworth
From an east-facing vineyard at 320 m established in 1999 that mainly supplied others (including Giaconda) until recently. Now equipped with a new winery, Gayle Taylor and Serena Abbinga intend to make much more wine themselves.
This 2012 was made under the old regime. Ripe and sweet on the nose but with an undertow of fresh green fruit character. Nicely balanced with nothing jarring. Very delicate texture with the acid balance just right for what should be quite a few years' evolution. The back label urges us to decant this. Probably sound advice. Pretty - and pretty impressive. Nothing out of place, although it's still pretty chewy.
14.2% | Drink 2015-2019 | 16.5+