The merry widow? Ned Kelly and his gang laid siege to the Glenrowan Inn, a small hotel thirty minutes northwest of the King Valley, which was run by Widow Ann Jones. The gang held over sixty people hostage in the hotel. The Widow Jones threw a wonderful party for the bushrangers and their captives. A great night was had by all in what turned out to be Ned's last stand.
New varietal styles from high altitude vineyards reflect the diversity of the King Valley. Fruit is harvested from vineyards which sit at nearly eight hundred metres above sea-level, covered under snow in winter and shrouded by cloud the rest of the year. This fabulous wine from Kirsty Taylor's small estate vineyard in the King Valley is from vines grown to deep grey alluvial loams with good drainage. Ruddy vines exhibiting modest vigour, on a terroir that's tailor made for lively varietals like the Viognier. The grapes were hand picked and chilled to maximise aromatics, whole bunch pressed, then run into barrel for a wild fermentation. Fermented and matured for several months in older French hogsheads. Approx alcohol 14.5%
The Widow Jones Viognier is a pale gold colour with green tints. A classical Viognier nose of white flowers, ripe apricots, fresh cream and ginger. A magnificently layered palate that shows ripe fruits with honey, sweet oranges and spice. Widow Jones stands as an absolutely outstanding example of the complex Viognier grape, simply a luscious wine which is rich, but well balanced with zingy acid and great length.