Headlong Rout

Viognier | Okanagan Valley | $35
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mike anderson

Born and raised in Penticton, the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Mike is a seriously talented winemaker with his own boutique label. With over 15+ years of winemaking experience, he has a way of beautifully showcasing Okanagan fruit. He’s also just a really nice guy.

Diving Headlong

Sometimes things just fall into place. 

Our friend Mike Anderson had just started a new winemaking job, and he didn’t have the time to finish a small batch of Viognier that he was making for his wife.

We didn’t plan on launching with an Okanagan Viognier. But then we tasted it. Her loss. Our gain. 

We had our first release: 500 litres of Viognier.

Okanagan Valley

Topographical map of the South Okanagan, identifying the single vineyard south of Osoyoos that Headlong Rout is sourced fromTopographical map of the South Okanagan, identifying the single vineyard south of Osoyoos that Headlong Rout is sourced from


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Osoyoos West Bench

Osoyoos West Bench is one of the few locations ideally suited to Rhône whites in the Okanagan Valley. There is no shortage of sunlight and heat, but it largely comes from morning to midday, protected by Mt. Kobau from the intense afternoon sun. This allows the fruit to achieve beautiful ripeness, while retaining a good amount of freshness. 


Osoyoos sandy loam

Grown on sandy loam fluvioglacial deposits from melting glacier water outwash, the soils are low vigour and well-draining, resulting in grapes with excellent concentration. 



The gentle slope down to Osoyoos Lake mitigates the severity of winter on a variety that is very susceptible to cold injury. 

2021 headlong rout

Our Note

Viognier can often become a caricture of itself. The challenge is that it goes from underripe to overripe in a heart beat. When that happens, the wines become fat, unctuous, and cloying, showing canned fruit aromas that are better left as grade three memories. 

For us, Viognier is at its best when its confidently understated. We look for fresh fruit character along with delicate floral aromatics that heighten the wine without overpowering it. That’s exactly what we tasted from barrel with Mike Anderson. Okanagan Viognier is so underrated when it’s done right.

This 2021 Viognier shows juicy, just-picked apricots along with orange blossoms and honeysuckle. There’s a touch of delicate sweet spice from the oak, but it’s beautifully integrated, keeping the fruit front and centre in the glass. Best of all, it’s richly textured yet fresh, making it both versatile at the dinner table and easy to pour another glass. 

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grape variety

100% Viognier

Harvest Date

October 7


4 tons per acre


25.5° Brix


Barrel fermented to dryness and aged in two seasoned 225L French oak barrels for 10 months, with no new oak. Blended and transfered to tank, and then lightly fined using clay bentonite (vegan friendly) for protein stability. Naturally cold stabilized before bottling to prevent tartrate crystals. 

bottling date

September 10, 2022 by hand


41 cases




2.1 g/L

Free SO2

22 ppm




6.2 g/L

Total SO2

105 ppm

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