We planted the Viognier in 2010 at our warmest vineyard (at the base of Roy’s Hill), shortly after we took over at Stonecroft. The vines are now coming in to their own resulting in some great flavours and aromatics from the grapes. It’s a dry style of Viognier, using similar winemaking methods as those employed for our Chardonnays.
Colour: Pale gold.
Aromatics: Rich apricot notes on the bouquet with hints of tropical fruit.
Palate: This vintage has tropical fruit flavours, together with a touch of lime and white peach. The wine has a weighty texture and a long length. Suitable for vegans.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Roy’s Hill.
Harvest: Hand harvested.
Vinification: Whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented.
Maturation: Matured in seasoned French oak for 6 months.
Bottled: 8th October 2019.
Analysis: Alc 13.3% vol.
Fining: Fined with pea protein.
Production: 70 cases.
Cellaring Potential: 3-5 years.
Certified organic, the fine value 2019 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in the Roys Hill Vineyard and fermented and matured for six months in seasoned French oak barrels. Bright, light yellow/green, it is a powerful, fleshy, sweet-fruited wine, with concentrated, ripe stonefruit and spice flavours, a subtle seasoning of oak, good complexity, a slightly oily texture and a dry, well-rounded finish. A very ageworthy wine, it should break into full stride from 2022 onwards.
94 points. Creamy-textured viognier with peach, apricot, honeysuckle, ginger and spicy oak flavours. Impressively ripe and textural wine that's clearly from a successful vintage. An elegant wine with an appealing aroma. Delicious now but might develop well with bottle age. Good value at this price 24/2/2020
91 points. Varietal and fruity, gentle fruit spices and yellow flowers, ripe apricot and peach, aromas of warm river stones. On the palate - classic. varietal, fruity, weighty and dry. Flavours of yellow stone fruits and orange citrus peel. a layer of oak emerges with as a structural attribute before a flavour attribute. There is a bacon and vanilla oak spice layer. Balanced, fresh, tasty and quite lengthy. Drink now and through 2022.