Single Vineyard Marlborough Viognier 2015

Single Vineyard Marlborough Viognier 2015

Single Vineyard Marlborough Viognier 2015

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Tasting notes

A bright golden hue in the glass, this limited release Viognier sourced from a single vineyard in Marlborough’s Upper Awatere Valley displays bright aromatic notes of apricot, honeysuckle and lightly roasted almonds. Full bodied and luscious, the richly textured palate is seamlessly balanced with soft acidity and ripe summer fruit flavours - leading to a smooth and off-dry finish.

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Winemaking

Fruit for this wine was handpicked in two passes through the vineyard, ensuring optimum ripeness. Once at the winery, the bunches were gently pressed into a mix of stainless steel tanks and old French oak barrels for fermentation. The ferment was carried out by yeast specially selected to retain the pure fruit characteristics of the grapes; and was stopped with a touch of residual sweetness when the balance of sweetness, acidity and alcohol was deemed by our winemaker to be just right. Left on light lees for an extend maturation period, the wine was allowed to gain added complexity and mouth-feel before being filtered without the need for fining; ready for bottling in early March 2016.

Viticulture

The 2014/2015 growing season began with typical bud burst conditions from early October, followed by a period of much cooler, windier weather. The prolonged cool and damp conditions over flowering resulted in a considerably lighter than normal fruit-set throughout the vineyard. Warm and humid conditions in the latter half of December caused rapid canopy growth, but maximum exposure to sunlight and reduced disease pressure were gained through meticulous viticultural management. The dry, sunny, yet cool summer that followed lead to slow sugar accumulation in the berries and intense flavour concentration. The first handpick of the riper fruit took place on the 15th April, with the greener fruit left to hang around a week longer before being harvested.

Analysis

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: 3.44

T/A: 6.0 g/L

R.S: 9.9 g/L