2018 Single Vineyard Viognier


An apricot and spicy ginger bouquet following through to a textured, rich, apricot and musk palate while finishing clean, with a great line of length.

Varietal: Viognier

Clones:  1968, 642, HTK

Yeast:  Wild

Oak Age: Smidgen of new oak

Harvest: 21 Feb, 2018

Baume at Harvest: 12.0

pH at Harvest: 3.5

TA at Harvest: 5.8

Our climatic advantage of warm days and cool nights, coupled with planting numerous Viognier clones, creates layers of intensity. A small amount of HTK clone planted at 9,000 vines per hectare adds to the concentration. The fruit was hand-picked,whole-bunch pressed and fermented in barrel. Our ‘Golden Lox’ has to be picked just right. Picked too late; no structure. Picked too early; no apricots. And, ripening very fast; we have less than a 24 hour window to get it just right!

[2019 Vintage] – 93 Points by Campbell Mattinson, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion

[2019 Vintage] – 93 Points by Huon Hooke, The Real Review, March 2020

[2018 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

[2018 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2019 ANZ Boutique Wine Show

[2018 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2019 Yarra Valley Wine Show

[2018 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2019 Perth Royal Wine Show

[2018 Vintage] – 91 Points by James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020

[2018 Vintage] – Double Gold Medal at 2019 Melbourne International Wine Show

[2017 Vintage] – Gold Medal at 2018 Japan Wine Competition

[2017 Vintage] – 94 Points by James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019

[2017 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

[2017 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Show

[2016 Vintage] – 94 points by James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018

[2016 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show

[2015 Vintage] – Trophy & 94 Points, Best Other Dry White at 2016 International Cool Climate

“Hay and ginger spice notes meet stone fruit and apple. It’s about as composed as you could hope for in the context that it still offers a decent amount of flavour. Good linger to the finish, too. 93 Points.”
Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion, August 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“Big complex oak driven style with lovely creamy texture and wild ferment notes. 3 Stars.”
Winestate Magazine, Aug/Sept 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“Light straw-yellow hue with a spicy, nutty complexity of aromas, toasted almond from barrel fermentation complementing spicy fruit with hints of cinnamon and honey. There’s a buttery, butterscotch note too. The palate is intense and dry, vital and positive, with good penetration and persistence. Delicious. 93 Points.”
Huon Hooke, The Real Review, March 2020 [2019 Vintage]

“It’s not too heavy, not too light although this sits in the tight and lean camp with more citrus tones. Some stone fruit but not apricots, ginger spice and lemon curd with a surprisingly sprightly finish. 91 Points.”
Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion, August 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“A mouthful of pleasure awaits as this effortlessly rolls through. Yellow flowers, expected apricots and lashings of yellow peach. Canned apricot nectar floods the mouth with a lick of furry peach skin. A faint nuttiness ticks away in the background with a dash of ginger spice to close. An absolute beauty!”
QWine, July 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“…Vibrantly lemony yellow with an intense nose and a complex aroma profile. Young on the dry side but the fruit is also there.The acidity is sharp fresh and crisp and will carry the fruit for some decent cellaring time to come. A savoury Viognier but as I implied with the fruit focus to carry on and make it enjoyable drinking. Think freshly cut green herbs, mineral slate, green apples, honeysuckle, pears and white peaches, drier than fruitier. A medium dry finish with a crispness. Try this with Chicken Tikka.”
Paul Ippolito, July 2019 [2018 Vintage]

“Aromas sit firmly in the stone fruit realm with apricot leading the way, and a touch of skins character providing a more savoury element. Displays the typically textured mouthfeel of the variety, the flavours ripe but not sweet, and a juicy, mouthwatering acidity running through the palate.”
Halliday Wine Companion 2019 [2017 Vintage]

“The difficulty in picking the right time to harvest Viognier is legendary, but Soumah pretty well nailed it here. There is apricot and yellow peach fruit in abundance, but it sidesteps the issue of an excessively phenolic finish – instead there’s a jab of citrusy acidity.”
Halliday Wine Companion 2018 [2016 Vintage]

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