Dry River Estate Viognier 2016

The light golden blush reflects colours of the extraordinary gentle autumn we have experienced.  Hallmark apricot and white peach aromatics are complimented with mineral tones, chalk and orange flesh.  A wood like resin character with cinnamon spice and lily blossom widens the profile without losing freshness.

One of our aims with this wine is to capture the moment of picking at full ripeness, and therefore not compromise on the purity of varietal fruit expression.  To retain this, we therefore ferment this wine in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures.  We believe a sufficient alcohol level is key for an oily and warm mouthfeel, where it will also contribute to a buoyant and seamless palate that provides weight and roundness.  A good equilibrium is achieved between the residual sugar – 7 gr/L – texture and acidity to showcase the ripe character of Viognier, often described as apricot kernel with a slight bitterness to finish.  Hints of peach schnapps, orange rind and a bright lifted aromatic can be noted on the mid-palate.  Viognier is very approachable in its youth, but does benefit evolution for another two to four years. 

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Dry River Estate Viognier 2016