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Fresh take on classic varieties as Contentious Character launches its 2015-2017 wine range

By Daniella Jukic 22 June 2018 0
Contentious Character wine bottles

Contemporary, ‘new world’ style: Contentious Character’s 2017 Reisling.

Canberra district vineyard and winery Contentious Character has officially launched its 2015-2017 wine range, with wine lovers embracing the new vintages as the Wamboin operation makes its mark on the local industry. 

The year 2015 was a big one for the winery, as it saw the first of the Contentious Character range made by co-owner and head winemaker Jeremy Wilson and consultant winemaker Ashley Horner, who have adopted a contemporary, ‘new world’ style, offering the perfect counterpoint to the original Founders Museum Collection of aged vintages.

‘The new range released thus far will essentially be our take on some classic grape varietals, with a focus on showing off the fruit from our vineyard and wines that not only drink well now but will also get better for those wanting to cellar,” Wilson said.

His pick of the new range is the Pinot Noir 16. “It’s my favourite – the subtle savoury nuances and cherry flavours with the balanced tannins really make for a nice drinking experience,” he said.

Owners Tony Mansfield, Ben Jarrett, Ross Appleton and Wilson hosted VIPs from the food and beverage industry at the Casino Canberra on Monday 18 June. Guests were treated to a sampling of the six new wines, each carefully paired with a delicacy prepared by restaurant Natural Nine.

To order yourself a bottle from the new range that includes Reisling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz visit Contentious Character. 

Photographer Daniella Jukic was there to capture the VIPs sampling this new range.

 Eric Di Cullo and Darla Smith (Ed Creative)

Eric Di Cullo and Darla Smith (Ed Creative).

Jun Hang (Burbury Terrace), Raven Park (Ovolo Hotel), James Lightbody (Burbury Terrace) and Riley Tanton (Burbury Terrace)

Jun Hang (Burbury Terrace), Raven Park (Ovolo Hotel), James Lightbody (Burbury Terrace) and Riley Tanton (Burbury Terrace).

Alison Beer and David Barker (Visit Canberra)

Alison Beer and David Barker (Visit Canberra).

Adrienne Jesberg, Lester Jesberg (Wine Wise) and Jeremy Wilson and Ben Jarrett (Contentious Character)

Jeremy Wilson (Contentious Character), Adrienne and Lester Jesberg (Wine Wise) and Ben Jarrett (Contentious Character).

Duncan Winter and Ashleigh Wood (Abode Group)

Duncan Winter and Ashleigh Wood (Abode Group).

Bruce Paul (Contentious Character collectors club) and Bec Cody (wine connoisseur)

Bruce Paul (Contentious Character collectors club) and Bec Cody (wine connoisseur).

Liz Bendeich (Canberra Convention Bureau), Kate Palmer (Canberra Convention Centre), Michelle Rhind (Canberra Convention Centre) and Tony Mansfield (Contentious Character)

Liz Bendeich (Canberra Convention Bureau), Kate Palmer (Canberra Convention Centre), Michelle Rhind (Canberra Convention Centre) and Tony Mansfield (Contentious Character).

Dan Luton (Goolabri Events), James Gill (Goolabri Events) and David Anderson (Canberra Park)

Dan Luton (Goolabri Events), James Gill (Goolabri Events) and David Anderson (Canberra Park).

Mandy Doyle, Micheal Doyle and Barb Harvie (Contentious Character collectors club

Mandy Doyle, Micheal Doyle and Barb Harvie (Contentious Character collectors club).

David Tinker and Tomayako Tinker (Sandbar Dining and Lounge)

David Tinker and Tomayako Tinker (Sandbar Dining and Lounge).

Contentious Character owners, Tony Mansfield, Jeremy Wilson, Ben Jarrett, and Ross Appleton.

Contentious Character owners, Tony Mansfield, Jeremy Wilson, Ben Jarrett, and Ross Appleton.

Hannah Von Trum (Akiba, Kokomos and Sage), Chrissie Smith (Contentious Character) and Sarah McLaughlin (Akiba, Kokomos and Sage)

Hannah Von Trum (Akiba, Kokomos and Sage), Chrissie Smith (Contentious Character) and Sarah McLaughlin (Akiba, Kokomos and Sage).

Jess Dunn (hotel Kurrajong), Cathryn Evan (TFE Hotels), Helen Orde (Canberra Convention Bureau) and Adrianna Perabo (Canberra Convention Bureau)

Jess Dunn (hotel Kurrajong), Cathryn Evan (TFE Hotels), Helen Orde (Canberra Convention Bureau) and Adrianna Perabo (Canberra Convention Bureau).

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