Dry River Estate Viognier 2011

Viognier is the most difficult of our progeny because of its very low crop levels and the coaxing required in the vineyard to help it achieve acceptable ripeness. The wine has a similar persona to Gewurztraminer: up front, exotic and different – a wine for that lazy summer afternoon or with rich food. It is greenish gold in colour and has a distinctive nose of very ripe yellow peach, bananas and passionfruit (crushed almonds?) edging into exotic tropical fruits. It is fat, lush, long and lively with its flavours esconced somewhere between passion fruit, yellow peach and exotic tropical fruits. Conventional wisdom says these wines should be drunk young but we have not been making the variety long enough to have a clear idea. It is interesting now, but it would be worth leaving some to see how it develops.

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Dry River Estate Viognier 2011