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2014 Waimea Viognier

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Very typical to Viognier this wine has a perfume of apricot, peach and orange blossom, with just a hint of clean white smoke. The wine is both flavoursome and textural, the essence of these fruits seeming to linger on the palate. This fleshy wine is afforded an
elegance thanks to a fine phenolic and mineral thread that runs through the wine. Very moreish! Try with a Moroccan dish of lamb shanks and dried apricots or as an aperitif with walnut crackers, a ripe blue cheese and quince paste.

Harvest

Harvest 2014 was notable for the excellent quality of fruit produced thanks to a season that was warm and dry for Nelson. Excellent concentration of flavours and ripeness levels were reached several weeks earlier than expected, resulting in an early start to harvesting in the second week of March. Fortuitously this meant that when more than 200mm of rain hit the upper North Island mid-April our fruit was now juice, happily fermenting in the winery.

Winemaking

Our Viognier was hand picked on the 12th April and whole bunch pressed. Free-run and light pressing juices were separated from the hard pressings. However once cold settled the pressings were such nectar that they were recombined with some free run juice giving us two tanks of Viognier to ferment. One juice was inoculated with a Rhône yeast selected to express stone fruit characters typical to this variety and the second with a yeast isolated in Burgundy – chosen for an excellent ability to add suppleness and volume on the palate. We fermented these juices in stainless steel tanks as we feel oak detracts from the subtle character of this wine. The ferments were carefully monitored to ensure their success and arrested when we felt that the fruit sweetness, acidity and phenolics were in harmony. The two wines then spent a short time on fine lees to further enhance palate weight and texture, before being blended and readied for bottling in the last week of July.

Tasting Note

Very typical to Viognier this wine has a perfume of apricot, peach and orange blossom, with just a hint of clean white smoke. The wine is both flavoursome and textural, the essence of these fruits seeming to linger on the palate. This fleshy wine is afforded an elegance thanks to a fine phenolic and mineral thread that runs through the wine. Very moreish! Try with a Moroccan dish of lamb shanks and dried apricots or as an aperitif with walnut crackers, a ripe blue cheese and quince paste.

Technical Details

Varietal: 100% Viognier
Alcohol: 13.5%
Acidity: 6 g/L
pH: 3.40
Res Sugar: 7.8 g/L
EAN: 9419589000980

Wine Reviews

"This label is consistently excellent. This latest offering is opulent yet elegant with apricot, pineapple and orange blossom aromas. The palate is plush, concentrated and flowing with a lingering, sumptuous finish. A delectable example of the variety." -  Wine Orbit 

 

 

Awards

  • Gold - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015
  • Silver - Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2014
  • Silver - International Aromatic Wine Competition 2014
  • 5 Stars - Wine Orbit
  • 4 Stars - Raymond Chan
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