Lourensford Limited Release Viognier 2015 (6/case) (R169/BOTTLE)
This Viognier is a “Lady of Spice”. Perfumed with exotic aromas of jasmine, lavender, grapefruit and hints dried apricot and white peach that balms the air before the full bodied character is slowly revealed and supported by a linear balanced acidity. On the pallet is white peach and quince flavours andtraces of creamy lemon butter, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla with a flinty mineral finish. It will benefit from decanting 1-2 hours before it is served at about 12 – 14 degrees Celsius.
Lourensford Estate experienced a moderately wet winter that allowed vines to go into proper dormancy with budding that started a week earlier than usual. We did not have the usual severe South Easter winds at the start of summer. This resulted in very good and even budding and flowering of the vines. We experienced a fairly cool but very dry summer with moderate temperatures and cool nights that resulted in much faster ripening and the earliest recorded harvest dates in the history of the Estate. The vines were generally very healthy and in good balance and harmony. With good canopy management and perfect ripening conditions we managed to bring the grapes in at just the desired time. This resulted in refined wines with elegance, good natural acidity and structure.
The harvest date was 20th February 2015.
In The Vineyard
This wine was made from a certified single vineyard block.
Altitude: 140m above sea level, and 8km from the cool sea breezes of False Bay.
Age of vines: 16 years
Rootstock: 101-14 Mgt
Slopes: Situated on the valley floor
Row direction: South-East to North-West
Soil type: Sweetwater soil
Alcohol: 14.5 vol %
Total acid: 6.4 g/l
RS: 5.8 g/l
Closure: Hand selected quality cork
Cultivar: 100% Viognier
Wood: 100% fermented in wood of which 39% was new and a split of 39% Hungarian oak and 61% French oak. Aged for 11 months.
This vintage can be enjoyed up to 2019 but will reach its best drinking potential towards the end of 2018.
This Viognier does well with all things surrounding the orient such as Indian korma and other mild to medium aromatic curries, breyani, traditional South African bobotie and pickled fish. It has a particular affinity with rosemary,so much so that you could manipulate almost any dish by adding sufficient rosemary.
Terroir award – Top Wine (2016)
IWSC – Silver outstanding (2016)
Michelangelo – Silver (2016)
Veritas – Silver (2016)