2020 Single Vineyard Hexham Botrytis Viognier


This dessert wine is delicously sticky and sweet. Savour in the aromas of honeyed peach, candied ginger and spiced oak. Best enjoyed at dessert time with char-grilled peaches and a Botrytis zabaglione.

Varietals: Viognier

Clones: 1968, 642, HTK

Harvest: 19 March 2020

Baume at Harvest: 16.0

pH at Harvest: 3.7

TA at Harvest: 6.2

Yeast: Wild

Style: Dessert Wine

The late summer of 2020 was quite wet and as Viognier is susceptible to Botrytis, the grey mould started to develop on some branches before the crop was ripe. We decided to run with the natural development, leaving the crop hang out and for the mould to take hold, shrivelling the grapes and intensifying the sugar content.
We then handpicked the fruit and fermented the juice in stainless steel before transferring to barrel for eight months prior to bottling our first ‘noble rot’ sticky white wine.

[2020 Vintage] – 91 Points by Jane Faulkner, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion

“The inaugural release and a thoroughly appealing wine. Smells of lemon blossom and lemon meringue pie drizzled with honey. There’s not a lot of overt botrytis flavours, so this is clean and sweet with refreshing acidity throughout. 91 Points.”
Jane Faulkner, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021 [2020 Vintage]

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