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FACT SHEET: Eagles' Nest Viognier 2012Wine Analysis
Alcohol: 13.50 vol% Sugar: 1.9 g/l TA: 6.1 g/l PH: 3.55

This wine exhibits a beautiful golden hue, testament to its barrel fermentation and maturation.

Technical notes:

The 7th crop off 10 year old vines in two north easterly facing vineyards. After pressing, the juice settled overnight in a stainless steel tank, after which only the premium clear juice was racked off to 2nd & 3rd fill French oak barrels. The rest fermented in barrel, of which 2/3rds underwent spontaneous fermentation & the other 3rd was inoculated with a cultured yeast strain. During the wine's maturation in barrel, it received one racking & monthly battonage; it was bottled after 7 months in barrel. In February 2011 the wines were removed form barrel and blended together with the tank portion after whch they went through light filtration just before bottling.

Description:

The nose shows primary Viognier aromas of ripe peach, apricot and later jasmine flower (consistent with the 2011 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 acidity (suggest longevity) coupled with subtle wooding ensure a crisper velvety smooth finish and lingering after taste.

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