A lone row of Viognier, a once-forgotten variety, was planted in our Riddoch Run Vineyard in 1988. We kept this tiny parcel separate and created this exciting skin-contact experimental wine.
Harvested on a mild March morning, the fruit was wild fermented for ten days, and hand plunged twice daily before held on skins for a further 80 days.
Gently basket-pressed to a two-year-old French Oak barrel, this complex wine displays lemon, peach iced tea, spice, grip and texture, with balanced natural acidity and fruit sweetness.
"Epic wine. Tension and power. So much chew and chomp. Nuts rolled in candied citrus peel. Tannin galore and glorious! So much architecture. Dried apple, pleasingly bitter herbs, Brazil nuts. Few orange wines in Australia get this velocity. Outstanding. I reckon better through a decade or more too." Mike Bennie, The Wine Front 2020 - 94 points