This is a fresh and vibrant wine and an excellent match for spicy Asian dishes and seafood. There are pears, apricot, and ginger on the nose and palate, with an elegant smooth finish.
Variety: 100% Viognier
Harvest Date: 27th February 2019
Vineyard Location: South facing 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
Oenological Data: Yields – less than 1 tonne/acre
Production: 67 dozen (134 cases)
Bottle Packaging: 750 ml punted burgundy
Closure: Stelvin ROTP Screwcap
Cartons: 6 bottles in branded cartons 2 x 3 laydown
The 2019 Vintage:
2019 was a relatively warm and dry ripening season. Two significant rain events in November and December 2018 supplied sufficient water to ripen the vines through January and February 2019. The harvest yields were lower than previous years, however, the flavour profiles were very good.
All fruit was Estate grown, sourced from south facing slopes of the Dowd’s Lane vineyard. The vines are unirrigated and very low yielding, at less than 1 tonne to the acre. They are cane-pruned by hand and wrapped to a single wire trellis to encourage some bunch shading during the heat of summer.
The fruit was harvested by hand, and then stored in a cool room overnight to lower the temperature. The grapes were bag pressed and fermented in stainless steel at a constant 190C to retain the fresh flavours. The Viognier was partially aged in new French oak barriques and bottled in September 2019.