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Viognier 2013

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Wine Analysis:
Alcohol: 13.00 vol% Sugar: 2..5 g/l TA: 5.4 g/l PH: 3.52

Production:

The eigth crop off eleven year old vines in two north easterly facing vineyards on the farm, the grapes were carefully hand-picked and transported to the cellar where they were cooled overnight in a specialised cooling room to 5ºC. The following morning the whole bunches were placed in a pneumatic bag press and gently pressed recovering about 60%. The juice settled overnight in a stainless steel tank, after which only the premium clear juice was racked off to second and third fill French oak barrels. A small amount, 10% was also handled solely in tank to create a light, bright fruit component. The fermentation temperatures were relatively low, peaking at 18ºC. During the wine’s maturation in barrel, it received a fortnightly battonage and topping up. After 6 months’ maturation the wine were removed from barrel and blended together with the tank portion after which they went through a light filtration just before bottling

Description:

This wine exhibits a fresh green-gold hue, testament to its barrel fermentation and maturation. The nose shows primary Viognier aromas of ripe peach, apricot and later jasmine flower (consistent with the 2012 vintage and intrinsic to its origin on the cooler, Constantia mountain slopes.) A fresh, rich mouth filling palate infused with white stone pip flavour and telltale Viognier spices are the order of the day.  Positive freshness (suggest longevity) coupled with subtle wooding ensure a crisp clean finish and lingering after taste. Enjoy now or to 2018.

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