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Viognier 2020

R 110.00

Our Viognier is a great food wine that will pair well with rich pasta, chicken and pork dishes. It’s made from grapes grown on a vineyard is situated on the mid-section of our farm, on a North Western Slope where the soil is dominated by gravel.

Viognier is quite unique with berries that shrivel towards full ripeness. Sampling and tasting the fruit during ripening is of utmost importance to end up with a balance between fruit, alcohol and structure.

The result is a wine with rich, intense aromas and tastes of white flowers, ripe fleshy peaches, apricots and desiccated pineapple followed through on the palate with an undertow of soft, buttery oak barrel flavours.

Crisp, fresh and ready to drink now, but would become slightly richer and creamier with up to 3 years of bottle maturation.

 

Most loved for its perfumed aromas, the De Grendel Viognier ranges from tangerine, mango, ripe peach and honeysuckle on the nose to creamier flavours of vanilla with spices of nutmeg and clove due to oak ageing.

Technical Tasting Sheets:

Viognier 2019 - PDF

Viognier 2017 - PDF

Viognier 2016 - PDF

Viognier 2015 - PDF

Viognier 2014 - PDF

Viognier 2013 - PDF

Viognier 2012 - PDF

Mild spicy Asian dishes, traditional South African bobotie, and aromatic dishes with ginger, saffron and coconut.
The 2019 vintage will be remembered as one that followed the most severe drought in South Africa during 2018. In the second half of 2018, supporting rainfall ensured good soil moisture with cool and moderate ripening and harvesting conditions for 60% of the intake of the 2019 vintage. The 2019 crop was medium sized, resulting in some excellent wines.
Viognier berries begin to shrivel towards ripeness, a unique variety characteristic that necessitates careful sampling and tasting before harvest to ensure balance and complexity of flavour is achieved in the wine. Handpicked bunches are destalked and crushed, with the juice settling before inoculation. The majority of the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks in order to maintain its fresh fruity characteristics, while the remaining 30% is fermented and then aged for 90 days in Romanian oak barrels for a creamier, complementary complexity before blending back into the tank portion. This is followed by protein stabilisation, cold stabilisation and bottling.

2019

  • Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2020 Gold

2017

  • Platter's 4 Stars
  • Vitis Vinifera Awards 2017 Gold

2014

  • The Sommeliers Selection 2015 – House Wine, White

2012

  • Platter's 4 ½ Stars
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2012 Double Gold
  • SA Terroir Wine Awards Top Viognier – Durbanville Ward