Australian Small Winemakers’ Show 2015
Viognier is delicious with creamy chicken, rich seafood or pork – in fact, almost any dish.
Serve cool not chilled, around 10-13°C. Alcohol:12.9% Cellaring: 2025
Viognier may have originated in Croatia but most people believe its true homeland is the Rhône Valley of France. The world-famous Condrieu region has produced this wonderful, aromatic variety since Roman times and a good Viognier from Condrieu can fetch hundreds of dollars.
This is another variety that was almost lost forever because it is more difficult to cultivate and yields can be unreliable. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Viognier vines almost disappeared. They flourished again from medieval times and then suffered an almost complete wipeout during the World War Two. After the war, only around 40 hectares of Viognier remained, however the variety is again flourishing along the Rhône around Condrieu. Good drainage is essential to the production of excellent Viognier and that is one reason this variety does well on the Granite Belt. The Wild Yeast is the natural bloom on the grapes in the vineyard.
RRP $40 – Inner Circle members: $30