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In the years passed since the sell-out of our 2013 Estate Viognier, we have constantly experienced a high demand for the return of this first-rate foodie wine, but we wanted to wait and do something special. Ordinarily the majority of our Viognier fruit (grown here in Rutherglen) goes into our blends, for example, our award-winning flagship white wine, our VRM (Viognier Roussanne Marsanne)however this year there was two French oak barrels at our winery that displayed exceptional Viognier characteristics and complexity and at that moment we knew it was the time, producing 1500 bottles of what we are dubbing our 2017 Limited Release Viognier.
The wine has flavours of apricot, citrus and spice complemented by toasty, nutty undertones from fermentation and maturation in French oak. It finishes with fresh, crisp acidity and great length.
The origin of the ancient white grape Viognier is unknown, with many believing it was imported to France by the Romans in 281AD. By 1965, due to phylloxera and World War I, Viognier was almost extinct, with only 30 acres in France. Since the late 1970’s, its suitability for warm climates has seen plantings grow in France, as well as Italy, Brazil, California and Australia.
While Viognier is often blended with other white varietals such as Marsanne and Roussanne, it is also used in the original recipe for the French red wine, Côte-Rôtie, which is Shiraz with a seasoning of Viognier, to add perfume and complexity.
Viognier is a superb companion to food. Match it with spicy Thai cuisine, Chinese and Mexican dishes, as well as medium to strong salty cheeses. We recommend trying this drop alongside prawn fajitas with spicy avocado and tomato salsa.
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