Viognier 2015


"It's rare to see tannic structure in a white wine - in this case it adds an enticing texture."- Erinn Klein, Winemaker

A heady wine on the nose with abundant night-blooming jasmine, musk, and sandalwood. Distinctive savoury flavours of celery and lovage with just a hint of exotic guava. Skin contact has produced a tight tannic structure that gives the impression of firm acidity. An attractive, masculine Viognier.

We grow Viognier across both of our vineyard sites in Mt Barker and Nairne: one set of vines is on our Summit Vineyard, an easterly slope at 380m above sea level on a soil of sandy loam over clay; the other is on our Illuma Vineyard which is westerly facing slope of sparkling micaceous schist over clay, at 420m above sea level. The NGERINGA Viognier come exclusively from the Illuma Vineyard, where our Northern Rhne varietals show their best expression.

100% destemmed. 100% skin contact for seven days. Pressed into older barrels. One year in barrel on full lees. Wild fermentation, no enzymes, oxidative handling pre-fermentation, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, gentle extraction, warmer fermentation, minimal temperature control. No fining. Estate bottled. Small amounts of sulphites added before bottling.

The 2015 growing season was drier and somewhat warmer than 2014 and concluded with an uncommonly early start to the harvest, with grapes for our sparkling base being picked in the first week of February. Ripening across our low-to-moderate yields, however, was spread out enough to allow us to do all of our own handpicking with our French-dominated, in-house crew without recourse to extra hired hands. Wines from this vintage have a quality and character very similar to our stellar 2013 vintage with excellent concentration of flavours.