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Viognier

2010 Viognier

Pale golden yellow in colour with a nose of subtle white peach, tangerine with a hint of baking and ginger spice.  The palate is rich and balanced with the fruit confirmed and the integrated acidity giving this wine a lovely lift and a nice clean length.  Can be consumed immediately, but has the capacity to age gracefully in a cool cellar for 2-4 years.

 

Food matches for this wine include seafood (scallops and fresh WA crayfish suit the wine perfectly), asian styled dishes (especially steamed fish with soy sauce and greens – delightful), and creamy poultry dishes.

 

Sealed under screwcap to ensure the wine made by us arrives to you as we intended it to.

 

Reviews

Coming soon

Technical Details

The growing season in 2010 was a classic vintage in Margaret River due to the long even growing season with minimal heat spikes.  Our Viognier avoided much of the problems of the year and set a good crop and it required little effort to bring these grapes through to full flavour and ripeness.  2010 has been considered an excellent vintage for white wines in the region and will produce many classic wines.

 

All the grapes were handpicked in the cool of a very late evening, placed in a cool room overnight, and lightly pressed at the winery at the very start of the day, thus preserving all the aromatics and richness of the juice.  Picked in a single tranche, the fruit came off in good shape though we did see some ripeness variation which is common in Viognier.  The vintage data as below:

Picked 16 March 2010

2474kg

Beaumé 12.5

pH 3.56

TA 6.40 g/L

Dave Johnson and his team of workers made an exemplary wine from our third vintage of Viognier grapes.  Treated with “kid gloves”, the fruit was lightly pressed, barrel fermented in 100% new French oak, lees stirred every day to obtain some creaminess to the wines texture and then carefully settled out.  The wine has turned out to be a wonderful effort from the team, richer and with a greater depth of flavour than seen in past vintages, and they are excited at what they have achieved and it also provides us with a great sense of pride in our vineyard once more.

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2009 Viognier

Pale golden yellow in colour with a nose of honey suckle, white peach, nectarine, apricot and a hint of baking and ginger spice.  The palate is light and balanced with the fruit confirmed and the integrated acidity giving this wine a lovely lift and a nice clean length.  Can be consumed immediately, but has the capacity to age gracefully in a cool cellar for 2-4 years.

 

Food matches for this wine include seafood (scallops and fresh WA crayfish suit the wine perfectly), asian styled dishes (especially steamed fish with soy sauce and greens – delightful), and creamy poultry dishes.

 

Sealed under screwcap to ensure the wine made by us arrives to you as we intended it to.

 

Awards

Bronze medal - 2009 Margaret River Wine Show

 

Article

 

Link - The Weekly Review - 28 July 2010

 

Reviews

Gary Walsh (See the full review at The Wine Front)

Has a little flinty smoky reduction, white flowers, tangerine and fresh apricot - there’s a little grassiness here too. It’s bright and fresh with tangy fruit and mildly spicy flavours and a dry refreshing palate that runs along quite happily. Crisp finish with just a little pithiness. A Viognier that encourages lubrication via internal digestion, rather than the temptation to oil oneself up with it externally. An entirely admirable trait and it’s good value too.

 

Rated : 90 Points

Tasted : Jan10

Alcohol : 13.7%

Closure : Screwcap

Drink : 2010 - 2012

 

Technical Details

The growing season in 2009 was varied in Margaret River due to the unusually wet and windy late spring which affected various grape varieties quite markedly.  Our Viognier avoided much of the problems of the year and set a good crop and it required little effort to bring these grapes through to full flavour and ripeness. 2009 has been considered a great vintage for white wines in the region and will produce many classic wines.

 

All the grapes were handpicked in the cool of the morning and lightly pressed at the winery prior to the heat of the day, preserving all the aromatics and richness of the juice. This year we completed the picking over 2 different days so as to provide complexity to the wine and to honour the flavours that we were seeing in the vineyard. With the cooler than average year the grapes were picked a little later than in 2007 (our last vintage of this variety), with the data as below:

 

Picked 17 March 2009

1,210kg

Beaumé 11.5

pH 3.60

TA 6.70 g/L

Picked 20 March 2009

5,555kg

Beaumé 12.3

pH 3.48

TA 5.8 g/L

 

Dave Johnson and his team of workers made an exemplary wine from our second vintage of Viognier grapes.  Treated with “kid gloves”, the first “tranche” of fruit was lightly pressed, barrel fermented in 100% new French oak, lees stirred every day to obtain some creaminess to the wines texture and then carefully settled out. The second “tranche” was tank fermented and created the weight and balance within the final wine. Creative complexity is the term we like to use and this wine shows the abundance of flavours that our Viognier will be known for, and this is in part due to the light and sensitive wine making skills exhibited by Dave.  The wine has turned out to be a wonderful effort from the team and they are excited at what they have achieved and it also provides us with a great sense of pride in our vineyard once again.

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2007 Viognier

Light straw yellow wine with a nose of peach, exotic melon, honey suckle and a hint of apricot and ginger spice.  The palate is light and balanced with the fruit confirmed and the integrated acidity giving this wine a lovely lift and a nice clean length.  Can be consumed immediately, but has the capacity to age gracefully in a cool cellar for 2-4 years.

 

Food matches for this wine include seafood (scallops and fresh WA crayfish suit the wine perfectly), creamy chicken casserole, and rich soups (leek and potato, and pumpkin are wonderful choices).

 

Sealed under screwcap to ensure the wine made by us arrives to you as we intended it to.

Reviews

Gary Walsh (See the full review at The Wine Front)

There are only 37 cases of this made which is a shame because Australia could do with more good quality Viognier like this.

Aromas of honeydew melon, peach, white flowers, spice and a little creamed honey. Subtle and restrained rather than flamboyant. On the palate light to medium bodied with a mix of peach, citrus, pear and fresh pineapple. Like having a fresh crisp breakfast juice in a garden full of white flowers. Nice and dry with clean acidity and a slightly flinty texture. Fine balance throughout. Finishes long and clean. A lovely stylish wine.

 

Rated : 92 Points

Tasted : Aug07

Alcohol : 14%

Closure : Screwcap

Drink : 2007 - 2010

 

Technical Details

 The growing season in 2007 was exceptional with even consistent warmth throughout the vintage and little to no rainfall.  Due to the dry warm conditions there was little to no pest or mildew pressures and even the birds stayed away during ripening giving us clean and healthy fruit.  Three hot days (>37oC) gave the vines a bit of a hard time in very early March, but the Viognier was near full ripeness and the heat did not affect the grapes at all and possibly brought the flavours we had been waiting for forward.  2007 has been considered a great vintage for the region and will produce many startling wines.

All the grapes were hand picked in the cool of the morning and lightly pressed at the winery prior to the heat of the day, preserving all the aromatics and richness of the juice.

 

Picked 10 March 2007

833kg

Brix 24.5

pH 3.63

TA 5.00

 

Sharna Kowalczuk and her team of workers made an exemplary wine from our first vintage of Viognier grapes.  Treated with “kid gloves” the fruit was lightly pressed, barrel fermented in French oak, lees stirred every day to obtain some creaminess to the wines texture and then carefully settled out and bottled after much fuss.  Minimal intervention is the term we like to use and this wine shows the heart of our Viognier due to the light and sensitive wine making skills exhibited by Sharna.  It has turned out to be a wonderful effort from the team and they are excited at what they have achieved and are eagerly anticipating the 2008 Viognier fruit.

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