The wine is luscious and full bodied with a pale gold hue. There are pears, apricots, ginger on the nose and palate, with the sugars providing toasted honey characters. A guilty pleasure wine that will continue to evolve in the bottle. Drink now or to keep 5-10 years for that special occasion.
Variety: 100% Viognier
Harvest Date: 20 February 2015
Vineyard Location: South west and north west Vineyard<
Geology / Soil Profile: Deep, red rocky clay loam (derived from Cambrian Rock)
Viticulture Practices: Un-irrigated vineyards, zero tillage, grass sward between rows, cane pruned
Oenological Data: Yields – .5 tonne/acre
Bottle Packaging: Supplied in 375ml clear glass Flute bottles
Closure: Under screw cap
Cartons: 6 bottles in branded cartons 1 x 6 standup
Wine / Food Pairing ideas:
Soft and hard cheeses, Fruit platter, Desserts, Coffee
The 2016 Vintage Season:
2016 was a very dry year resulting in low yielding wines and small berry sizes. These were ideal conditions for making a dessert wine from concentrated fruit.
The grapes were allowed to over-ripen on the vine. Two tonnes were hand-picked and then laid out on racks for a further two weeks to concentrate the sugars. When they reached 19.5% potential alcohol, they were whole-bunch pressed. The juice was aged alternatively in stainless steel and new French oak barriques for 6 months prior to bottling. Fermentation was stopped at 8% residual sugar, resulting in sweet wine of 11.5% alcohol.
Grapes for this wine were sourced from the Dowd’s Lane North and Dowd’s Lane South blocks. The north facing block bears the heat
of the summer sun and hot winds, leading to very concentrated avours. Although the south-facing block is predominately used for our Cambrian White viognier, in 2016 we had enough fruit to include some in this wine.
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