Cable Bay ‘Sweet Gloria’ Waiheke Island Late Harvest Viognier 2012

Sweet Wine from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland
Review Date - 06-Dec-2013

19-/20

Hand-picked fruit with raisining and botrytis from the ‘Home’ and ‘Browns’ sites around the Cable Bay winery, undergoing individual berry selection, fermented in barrel to 11.5% alc. and 160 g/L RS, then matured in oak. Bright, deep golden-yellow colour with some orange at the heart. The bouquet is full and voluminous, and packed with multi-dimensioned layers of aroma, showing exotic tropical fruits, apricots and citrus zest with orange marmalade and wild honey notes from the botryrtis. Some volatility adds to the lift and interest. Very sweet, luscious and unctuous, a harmonious amalgam of apricots, citrus fruits, marmalade and honey flows smoothly and seamlessly across the palate. The acidity is discreet adding to the viscosity and soft, rich density. The depth of flavour and gentle drive carries through to a long, sustained, decadent finish. This is a decadent, harmoniously layered and exotic, botrytis-affected Viognier. Serve with caramel desserts, crème brulee and steamed puddings over the next 4-5 years. (375 ml) 19.0/20 Dec 2013 RRP $45.00

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