2016 rusty mutt viognier

McLaren Vale 100%

Viognier 100%

When choosing a white wine to produce from McLaren Vale, I looked at the varieties that grow well here and the corresponding region in France. Shiraz and Grenache are the stand out red varieties of McLaren Vale which also grow very well in the Rhone region of France. One of the most interesting whites from this area is Viognier (Condrieu appelation). As it turns out, Viognier is the 4th largest white variety by tonnes crushed in McLaren Vale so finding some was quite easy! I made the wine in a fresh aromatic style, completely un-oaked. It looks a bit like a Sauvignon Blanc on the nose and a Chardonnay on the palate. Why not grab some for summer?

This wine is named ·catnip· after my wife, who is a 'Wood Tiger' in Chinese Astrology. Cats love catnip. Need I say more?!

An inviting aroma showing orange peel, fresh lime zest and notes of lantana and watermelon. The palate is generous and mouth filling with an exciting zesty acidity running through it. Melon and apricot flavours come forward on the palate finishing on a clean citrus note.
Recent comments from the public who have tried it, say it is much like a Semillon or unwooded Chardonnay.

Enjoy with steamed scallops, garlic prawns, sweet and sour pork and many other light Chinese and Japanese dishes.
— Scott Heidrich, Winemaker