This elegant wine is full bodied, gold in colour with a light orange hue. Apricots, brioche, ginger and honey fill the palate, with the acidity keeping the sweetness in check. A wine that is luscious but not cloying, making it a great partner for blue cheese, fruit tarts and sticky date pudding.
This late harvest Cambrian Gold will last up to 3 weeks in your fridge too (if it lasts that long).
Variety: 100% Viognier
Vintage: 2017 and 2019
Vineyard Location: North west and south west vineyards
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
Yields: 0.5 tonne/acre
TA: 7.6 g/l
Production: 89 dozen (178 cartons)
Bottle Packaging: 375 ml flute altus bottles
Closure: Stelvin ROTP screw cap
Cartons: 6 bottles in branded cartons 2 x 3 upright
The Vintage Seasons:
This wine can only be made when the conditions are right. The vines are left to over-ripen and berries beginning to raison. Volumes are therefore are low and this wine is a blend of two years – 2017 and 2019. 2017 was a productive year with good rainfall, with some naturally occurring botrytis appeared in the late season. 2019 in contrast was hot and dry, and concentration of flavours occurred through the hot dry weather.
The vines for the 2017 component are sited on a north west facing ridge with yields are around 0.5 tonne per acre. The 2019 fruit was from the south west block which is more sheltered.
The grapes were left to over-ripen on the vine and picked at 16 Be then whole bunch pressed and fermented under controlled temperature, with fermentation halted at around 8 Be. The juice was aged in a combination of new French oak barriques and stainless tanks and blended before bottling in September 2019.