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 blossom and musk.
Palate: This vintage has apricot and honey flavours. It’s a dry style, with a weighty texture and a long length. It is a single vineyard wine. Suitable for vegans.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Roy’s Hill.
Harvest: Hand harvested 7th April 2021.
Vinification: Whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented.
Maturation: Matured in seasoned French oak for 6 months, stirred twice a week while in barrel.
Bottled: 14th October 2021.
Analysis: Alc 13.5%/vol.
Fining: Fined with pea protein.
Cellaring Potential: 3-5 years.
From a classic variety of the Rhone valley, this organic wine was hand-picked and barrel aged for six months. Softly mouthfilling, it has generous, ripe stone-fruit flavours, considerable complexity and a rich, dry, well-rounded finish. Best drinking 2023+.
90 points. Delicate viognier with a strong floral element (rose petal and honeysuckle) together with apricot, tree fruits and a suggestion of spice and anise. A charming, subtle wine with impressive purity. 15/3/2022