A new comer to the Best's stable. First made in 2015 when a local grower approached us with a small parcel of high quality fruit. Our winemaker Justin Purser saw and seized an opportunity to make a unique wine inspired by the great shiraz wines of the world. The fruit comes from two elevated vineyards that are on the southern side of Great Western. One of the vineyards was owned and operated by the late Kym Ludvigsen. Kim was a beloved member of the local wine community and well known and respected amongst his peers in the wine industry. Sadly, Kym passed away on his vineyard in 2014, so we felt it fitting to name the wine 'Ludvigsen' Shiraz Viognier in his honour.
Justin ferments the Shiraz and Viognier together, a technique he learnt from his time in France, the effect is a slightly brighter coloured, more rounded and aromatic shiraz when it's young. Only a small percentage of Viognier is used. As the wines ages, the Shiraz character dominates and will age and develop as a straight Shiraz.