From a quarter-acre block of vines planted next to our dam wall, this wine is complex, with a diversity of aromatics and an opulent palate. This Viognier retains an elegance more commonly associated with cooler climate expressions.
Viognier Tasting Notes
Our small block of Viognier vines was planted in 2001 with ‘The Beauty’ Shiraz co-fermentation in mind. The ideal site was found next to the dam wall, where deeper low lying soils and protection from the elements provide the perfect site for Viognier production. The canopy is encouraged to sprawl in a ballerina fashion, thus creating slower ripening and increased flavour development.
“Good things come to those who wait”. Nearly everything about the 2018 vintage happened more slowly than usual and we will be rewarded with wines showing a perfect mix of power and elegance. Although we had to wait until July for rains to arrive, the 2017 calendar year rainfall was a once- in-a-30- year event. The long-term weather pattern of two above average rainfall years being followed by a relatively dry year, was seemingly broken, as although we were expecting dryer conditions, we received 120mm above average rainfall, with a total of 599 mm. Beautiful spring conditions saw healthy canopies of leaf cover across the vineyard enabling the vines to handle the hot summer with 20 days of above 35c across January and February. After Budburst in late September and veraision coming a month late in some cases, the extended ripening period was perfect. Harvest returned to the dates of early the 2000’s, spread over an 8-week period. Slow ripening and harvest has seen the production of wines that show a perfect mix of power and elegance with vibrant colours and powerful fruit.