The Contrarian 2020

Viognier

I have been working with Viognier for 16 years now and have always left other winemakers to bottle the wine. In 2020 I hand-picked a small batch from the highest altitude Viognier vines I could find. We processed and matured the grapes using what was a mix of older Grillet & Chablis techniques.  If you need to drink it young please find some soft cheese, perhaps Brillat-Savarin to help with the acidity. 90 doz.

Varietal: Viognier
Region: Barossa
Volume (ml): 750ml
Alcohol Vol. (%): 13
Standard Drinks: 7.8
Vintage: 2020

Price $38.00
The Contrarian 2020
The Contrarian 2020

Product Details

Each vintage I like to express the Barossa in a contrary manner. ‘The Contrarian’ is my indulgent, creative winemaking outlet and challenges traditional concepts around Barossan wine.

I have been working with Viognier for 16 years now and have always left other winemakers to bottle the wine. The main reasons are that I do not enjoy drinking the style that is put forward in Australia let alone Condrieu. On my second visit to Chateau Grillet in 2013 I decided I would one day ‘chase’ their style but would need to bide my time and create the opportunity. 

In 2020 I hand-picked a small batch from the highest altitude Viognier vines I could find. We processed and matured the grapes using what was a mix of older Grillet & Chablis techniques. We lost 1/3 of production to unacceptable aldehyde levels and bottled only 90 dozen. 

Ultimately this is a wine that will blossom with bottle age but if you need to drink it young please find some soft cheese, perhaps Brillat-Savarin to help with the high acidity.

We love what we see in this expression of the Barossa and feel it is a style worthy of your table. Alex Head

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