"Loaded with aromatics and palate showing structure resulting from a few days of skin contact."- Erinn Klein, Winemaker
Uncommonly fine and delicate on the nose for a Viognier, with flinty, earthy characters, white cherry aromas, and subtle exotic five-spice notes. The palate is considerably rounder and more complex, marked by peach and apricot flavours atop saline savouriness and a creamy, velvet texture. Fresh, dry and alluring.
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 grapes come exclusively from the Illuma Vineyard, where our Northern Rhone varietals show their best expression.
50% whole bunch and 50% destemmed. 50% skin contact for five days. Matured for one year in well seasoned French oak on full lees.
Wild fermentation, no enzymes, 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.