Plan B, in Western Australia, was established in 2003, by Terry Chellappah and Bill Crappsley, two guys with decades of experience in the wine industry between them, and a desire to do something a bit fun and different. Their mission: To make wines with “minimal pretention,” free from “corporate taint,” eschewing any spend or effort on marketing or traditional commercial activities, just focusing on making some cracking wines. Vanessa Carson has made the wines for the last 5 years, and has increased quality and expanded the range significantly in her time there.
The TV is 97.5% Tempranillo, with the tiniest splash (2.5%!) of Viognier. Grown in the Ferguson Valley, south Western Australia, from 20 year old vines.
Fermentation of the Tempranillo takes place in small open top stainless steel, then 18 months maturation in French oak (20% of which is new). The Viognier is barrel aged with frequent lees stirring, for added texture and aromatics.