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Limited Release Viognier 2016

R190.00

The wine is perfumed with wonderful exotic aromas of jasmine, lavender, grapefruit, hints dried apricot and white peach that balms the air. The pallet is filled with quince flavours complemented with hints of creamy lemon butter, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla. The wine has a flinty mineral finish and well balanced linear acidity.

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Accolades
Terroir award – National winner (2017)
Mundus Vini – Silver (2017), 85 points (2018)
Tim Atkin – 91 points (2017)

Harvest Description

It was the driest winter in 100 years of recorded history. This was followed by one of the hottest and driest summers in history. Budding started about one week earlier than normal and we did not have severe South Easter winds at the start of summer. This resulted in very good budding and flowering of the vines. The drought and high summer temperatures resulted in much faster ripening and the earliest recorded harvest dates in history on Lourensford as well as the shortest harvest ever. The vines were generally very healthy and in good balance and harmony and where needed we could irrigate. The berries in general were smaller and more concentrated. With good canopy management and perfect harvest decisions we were able to bring the grapes in at just the desired time. This resulted in refined wines with elegance and slightly lower than normal alcohol levels compared to other vintages.

In The Vineyard

This wine was made from a certified single vineyard block.

Altitude: 140m above sea level, and 8km from the cool sea breezes of False Bay.
Age of vines: 17 years
Rootstock: 101-14 Mgt
Clones: VI642
Slopes: Situated on the valley floor
Row direction: South-East to North-West
Soil type: Sweetwater soil

Analysis

Alcohol: 14.5 vol %
pH: 3.44
Total acid: 7.2 g/l
RS: 3.5 g/l
Closure: Hand selected quality cork

Wine Information

Cultivar: 100% Viognier
Wood: 100% fermented in wood of which 44% was new and a split of 22% Hungarian oak and 78% French oak. Aged for 11 months.

Maturation Potential

This vintage can be enjoyed up to 2021 but will reach its best drinking potential towards the end of 2019.

Food Pairing

This Viognier does well with all things surrounding the orient such as Indian korma and other mild to medium aromatic curries, breyani, traditional South African bobotie and pickled fish. It has a particular affinity with rosemary,so much so that you could manipulate almost any dish by adding sufficient rosemary.

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