Mudbrick ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Viognier 2017

Viognier from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland
Review Date - 04-Jul-2018

19/20

Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and voluminous with well-packed and dense aromas of ripe apricots, stonefruit kernels and tropical fruit. This has excellent depth and unfolds subtle nutty and creamy oak elements. Dry to taste and full-bodied, the palate has a rich and deeply concentrated, rounded and opulent heart packed with layers of apricots, stonefruits and tropical fruits melded with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, unveiling a suggestion of flint and minerals. The fruit is underlined by considerable, but balanced alcoholic drive and power, with soft, lacy acidity lending energy. This carries to a rich, lingering finish. This is a richly concentrated, opulent Viognier with ripe apricot, stonefruit and tropical fruit flavours with nutty oak and a powerful palate. Match with Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine over the next 4 years. 100% Viognier from the ‘Shepherds Point’ vineyard, WBP and fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc. and 0.28 g/L RS, the wine aged 8 months in 50% new French oak with 100% MLF. 54 cases made. 19.0/20 Jul 2018 RRP $59.00



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