Viognier 2021

This wine reflects a light golden hue. Delicious and fresh, with ripe tropical fruit, jasmine flower and spice, beautifully balanced with texture, richness and structure offered by even handed wooding – all the tastes and smells you will get from this bottle of liquid gold.

PRODUCTION


Alcohol 13.5 vol % Sugar 3.4 g/l TA 6.61 g/l pH 3.28 TSO2 116 mg/l FSO2 38 mg/l

Grown in the cool climate Constantia Valley, the grapes for this wine come from five Viognier blocks planted on different sections of Eagles’ Nest, which make up a total of 2.58ha. These blocks are planted on altitudes ranging from 100m to 400m above sea level, and slopes facing from North, East to West. Each of the blocks were individually picked and processed, to produce separate and distinct Viognier components, to allow for the creation of a layered and complex wine. For each of the respective components, grapes were carefully hand-picked and transported to the cellar where they were cooled in a specialised cooling room. The whole bunches were placed in a pneumatic bag press and gently pressed, recovering about 55%. The juice settled overnight in a stainless-steel tank, after which only the premium clear juice was racked off to 10% first fill 500L French Oak barrels, 45 % second and 45% third fill barrels. The fermentation temperatures were relatively low, peaking at 18ºC. During the wine’s maturation in barrel, it received a fortnightly batonage and topping up. After 6 months maturation selected barrels were blended and allowed to harmonise before bottling in October 2021.

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