The wine displays crisp acidity with apricot, pear and ginger notes with a hint of creaminess, making it an excellent partner for seafood and spicy Asian foods, chicken dishes or Indian curries or Thai food whilst fresh and young.
Variety: 100% Viognier
Harvest Date: 24th February 2021
Vineyard Location: Estate grown, north and south facing blocks.
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
Bottle Packaging: 750 ml punted burgundy
Closure: Stelvin ROTP Screwcap
Cartons: 6 bottles in branded cartons 1 x 6 upright
The 2021 Vintage:
2021 Vintage got off to a strong start due to above-average rainfall in the early months of 2020, which contributed to good supplies of ground-held water for the growing season. The summer was relatively mild, with the daily maximum temperature exceeding 35.0 degrees on only 5 occasions. The vines held their leaves, and the fruit quality was excellent.
All fruit was Estate grown, from 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. Following the hot, dry 2019 year the vines were pruned back in 2020. Consequently, yields for the 2021 vintage were low, but there was excellent cane growth which support development in future years.
The fruit was harvested by hand and fermented in stainless steel tanks under temperature control for four months. The wine was bottled in June 2021.