The fruit for this wine was sourced entirely from Viognier grapes grown in our organic certified Livingston Road vineyard in Brightwater. The 2014 vintage was the first time that these vines have produced sufficient fruit to make a viable quantity of wine – in previous years we have co-fermented the small amount of Viogner grapes harvested with our Syrah, in the Rhone tradition.
This Viogner was hand harvested on 1 May 2014 with a Brix level of 22.6º.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the juice was barrel fermented in seasoned oak. After the ferment was completed the wine was aged on gross lees for twelve months.
The wine was filtered and bottled in October 2015.
Residual sugar 1.6 g/l Titratable acidity 5.5 g/l pH 3.38 Alcohol 13%
Lifted aromas of apricot, ripe peach and honeysuckle fill the glass. The entry is soft and mouth filling offering white fruit and orange citrus flavours. It is fresh and medium-weighted; fragrant with a touch of minerality. The lingering finish is supported by gentle acidity.
“This dry, full bodied and flavoursome white wine comes from an organically certified vineyard in Nelson, which shows promising potential for producing high quality wine from one of France’s quirkier grapes – the Viognier grape from the Rhone Valley. Its trademark peach skin and nectarine flesh flavours shine through in this soft but well balanced South Island white.” Joelle Thomson, March 2016
“Hand-picked and fermented in seasoned oak casks, this is a fragrant, full-bodied wine (13% alc/vol), with concentrated stone-fruit flavours, hints of oak adding complexity, and a rich, dry finish.”
4 ½ STARS Michael Cooper, NZ Listener, 17 July 2017