This expressive, barrel-fermented Viognier seduces you with the beautiful perfume of honeysuckle and orange blossom and a textured palate of apricot, kiwi and pineapple. A lifted, poised and elegant Viognier.
This Viognier is a reflection of Samantha’s obsession with how the special soil, climate and a mysterious sense of place come together to produce an extraordinary wine that tells you its story. The vines are grown on rose-quartz soils in Elgin, which is a cool, high altitude plateau. The region offers a lengthened ripening period which brings the grapes late into season- often three to four weeks later than traditional wine growing areas in South Africa. This provides the opportunity to develop deep complexity and concentration.
The grapes were picked and whole bunch pressed, slowly extracting the juice at a rate of 550 litres per tonne. The juice was settled for 48 hours and then racked into a combination of seasoned 225 litre Burgundian barrels, where it was matured for 10 months. 10% of the production was fermented and matured in a 600 litre egg-shaped tank, retaining the purity of fruit. Balance is the key to this wine. Viognier is an aromatic and generous varietal, it benefitted from the barrel maturation and lees contact creating a fuller mouth-feel and increased texture, which is beautifully balanced by the firm backbone of acidity.
Grape Viognier 100%