Contentious Character brings together Jeremy Wilson (chief winemaker), Ben Jarrett (sales and viticulture), Ross Appleton (operations, finance and viticulture) and Tony Mansfield (marketing and sales). I'm not entirely clear who is the contentious character, but so be it. It's based on 10ha of chardonnay, riesling, pinot noir, shiraz, pinot gris, merlot and cabernet sauvignon, all planted in ‘98, almost a decade before Contentious Character purchased the property (then known as Lambert Vineyards). They have tended the grounds, overhauled the kitchen, given the restaurant a facelift and fired up the pizza oven (lunch and dinner Thurs-Sun 12-3, 5-8). The name may be a bit esoteric, but the quality of the wines is certainly not going to cause any problems: they are all very well made. -JAMES HALLIDAY
Contentious Character is a cool-climate winery, set in the hills of Wamboin, 30km east of Canberra. Whether you come to ours, or our wines come to you, we’ll give you plenty to talk about. We’re a single vineyard winery. We grow our own grapes, sell our own wines, and make our own good times. You’re welcome to join us at the weekends when we throw open our cellar door, fire up the pizza oven and serve fresh local produce, paired with our wines.