Clos de Ste Anne ‘Les Arbres’ Gisborne Viognier 2014

Viognier from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 03-Feb-2016
Bright, lemon-hued, light gold colour, paler on the rim. This has a tight and finely concentrated nose with intense aromas of ripe apricots, exotic florals, citrus blossom and tropical fruits unfolding fine, flinty lees detail. The aromatics are fresh and steely in expression. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of apricots, exotic florals, citrus blossom and tropical fruits show richness and lusciousness, and unveil complexing nuances of nuts, flint and minerals. This has an unctuous mouthfeel, the richness balanced by refined phenolic textures, with soft acidity enhancing the rounded core. There is good alcoholic power and drive, and the wine flows to a full, soft and long finish with aromatic, exotic fruits. This is a rich, near-unctuous, exotic Viognier with intense fruit flavours flinty complexities and good power. Match with Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4+ years. Viognier from ‘Les Arbres’, whole bunches ‘crunched’ and indigenous yeast fermented in 600 L demi-muids to 14.0% alc. and 4.9 g/L RS, the wine aged 12 months in 2-3 y.o. oak on lees with little batonnage and no MLF. 19.0-/20 Feb 2016 RRP $60.00

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