Wine Code Breaker #323

2019 Kalleske Plenarius Viognier, Barossa Valley, South Australia

The autumn sunsets are amazing.  The sky is clear, leaving orange hues splaying upwards as the golden orb disappears below the horizon.  You cannot help but smile in wonder.  It would therefore seem reasonable to test out an orange style wine.  These are white wines that are made a little bit like a red wine.  The grapes are crushed and fermented on the skins for a period of time.  This is where the colour comes from.  You look at the colour and it is polarising in how different it looks.  They are a style that you either love or hate.  If you never give it a go, you will never know which side of the sunset you are on.

The 2019 Kalleske Plenarius is a Viognier orange style from the Barossa Valley in South Australia.  The colour is of a classic autumnal sunset with its slightly burnt orange hue. The nose is highly aromatic with marmalade and floral notes and kumquats, stone fruits, and lemon zest.  Lychees burst forth as if the shell has been freshly pierced.  On the palate, the marmalade on toast blends with the funkiness of the skin contact.  It is rustic, textural, grippy, oily, and earthy, with each melding together to splay flavours into the sky and leave a smile of wonderment on your face.


Rating92 pts
Price at tasting$30
TastedApr 2020

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