The Contrarian 2020

Shiraz

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 Shiraz.  We source Shiraz from vineyards in the Eden Valley which develop flavour at lower than usual alcohols and show ripeness in their stems too. We love what we see in this expression of the Barossa and feel it is a style worthy of your table.

Varietal: Shiraz
Region: Barossa
Volume (ml): 750ml
Alcohol Vol. (%): 13.5
Standard Drinks: 8.0
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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