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“SubRosa is latin for under the rose. In ancient times, a rose was hung over the table as a mark of secrecy. What was said or happened around the table, stayed at the table.”
Well unfortunately for Adam Louder, if he keeps up the quality of his releases, his secret won’t be a secret for long.
This is a rippingly good Viognier, no question about it.
“I was trying to make a well structured viognier. It gets six months on lees, gets stirred, hangs out with some oak staves.” says the winemaker, and his first release hits bang on the MO.
This is no shy, retiring Viognier, but it’s not a “tinned apricot” version either. It hits that lovely, slightly nutty, full flavoured sweet-spot that so many Viogniers seem to miss.
Mike Bennie called it “Good gear.” in his 93 point review and we wholeheartedly agree.
What It Tastes Like
“Spicy scents, whiff of almond, apricot, but stone fruit is not the main deal. It’s a pleasing, complex scent. Hits the palate with rocket of acidity set amongst some crunch and juiciness. Unusual for viognier, offering chomp and refreshment with plenty of architecture. Not an oily, slippery mess. Good nut kernel savouriness to finish too. Good gear.” - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
93 points. “Small, very lo-fi producer out of Central Victoria, a shed, some old barrels and flexi-tanks, couple of tonnes of fruit for each wine. Lovely family duo of Nancy Panter and Adam Louder. Panter and Louder sound like the neighbours you don’t want, but these are genuine, lovely humans so there’ll be no issue. This viognier is all from the Pyrenees, and I believe from Blue Pyrenees estate vineyards. Louder says “I was trying to make a well structured viognier. It gets six months on lees, gets stirred, hangs out with some oak staves”.
Spicy scents, whiff of almond, apricot, but stone fruit is not the main deal. It’s a pleasing, complex scent. Hits the palate with rocket of acidity set amongst some crunch and juiciness. Unusual for viognier, offering chomp and refreshment with plenty of architecture. Not an oily, slippery mess. Good nut kernel savouriness to finish too. Good gear.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
The first SubRosa Viognier was crafted from five rows of Viognier selected by Adam and picked by locals in the Pyrenees ranges, Victoria. With scents of ripe stone fruits and a hint of spice to finish, the SubRosa Viognier is best served with seafood, sunshine and good company. 60 dozen only.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Adam Louder’s career has been a long and prestigious one even though he is only in his mid-30s. With more than 30 vintages under his belt, he has worked with some true masters during his time at the press. From the early days under Trevor Mast at Mount Langhi Ghiran to Araujo Estate owned by Chateau Latour in the Napa Valley, to Chateau Carsin in Bordeaux and Pierro and Xanadu in Margaret River, the man has worked in world-class wineries his entire career. Now, his own label SubRosa is breaking through with a characterful range of interesting wines from Victoria. It’s an exciting project which should have a close eye kept on it.
The Pyrenees is renowned for its wines of presence and grace. Whether it is Syrah, Cabernet or Nebbiolo, the cool slopes of the Pyrenees consistently produce some of Victoria’s most remarkable wines. Classically, the wines are loaded with power and spice, with loads of flavour and great cellaring potential. One of the gems of Victoria wine.
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