Ambiguous to the core, Le Bâtard, sent from its native Rhône Valley to find solice in the warming climate of Barossa and Clare Valley. Viognier and Marsanne have come together on the other side of world in the vineyards they now call home.
White sibling partner to Le Bâtard Rosé, and every bit as much caught in the crossover as the pink. The ambiguity here is not of colour, but of grapes and provenance – northern Rhône and southern Rhône. Not a drop of readily accepted Chardonnay or Sauvignon to be seen, so Le Bâtard feels a bit of an outsider having to prove its rightful place in the world. But prove it, it does – and with gusto.
2016: 91 POINTS from Decanter