Mudbrick ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Viognier 2013

Viognier from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland
Review Date - 21-Aug-2014

18.5+/20

Bright pale straw-yellow colour with green hues, very light-edged. The nose is softly expressed and restrained, with pure and refined, fresh aromas of apricots, orange zest and exotic florals, growing in volume with aeration to reveal subtle creamy, nutty barrel-ferment detail. Dry to taste and full-bodied, gently rich and luscious fruit flavours of apricots, tropical fruits and orange zest form a refined, well-concentrated and tightly bound core. The wine flows smoothly with some underlying alcoholic drive and power guided by a fine-textured line. Creamy and near unctuous in mouthfeel from the barrel work, the phenolics carry the fruit and provide a very long and sustained, dry, textural finish. This is a refined, tight and linear Viognier with a creamy richness and good power that will unfold over the next 4+ years. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Fruit from ‘Mudbrick’, ‘Shepherds Point’ and ‘Browns’ vineyards, WBP, and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc. and 2.4 g/L RS, the wine aged 7 months in 20% new French oak barriques with 25% MLF. 120 cases made. 18.5+/20 Aug 2014 RRP $45.00

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