Village Belle Brilliance
Village Belle Barossa Valley Viognier 2015
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
The Village Belle series is championed by the winemaker Benjamin Parker and only he decides what suites the vision he has for these wines. The Belle is of course a Barossa Valley brand so as long as the variety grows within the perimeter of the Barossa Valley it has a chance.
He favours fresh, new vintage tastes and tends to highlight newer varieties or long established varieties which have been treated in a novel manner such that the wine expresses an unseen side. Viognier was introduced into the Barossa in the 1980's and 1990's and was pioneered by the Yalumba wine company.
Often it is married with Shiraz which copies a traditional Rhone Valley approach and naturally gives the Shiraz an exotic addition to the aroma and palate. It also makes a complex white wine and those from the Northern Rhone Valley sold as Condrieu fetch very high prices. The Belle is an excellent local example and fits nicely into this series.