When Alejandro Bulgheroni and his wife Bettina discovered Garzón, they had a family dream came true: to have the most emblematic winery of modern viticulture in Uruguay and premium wines with an intense personality and a deep sense of belonging to the land. With the advice of international enologist Alberto Antonini, they apply their philosophy which is focused on producing wines that are a true expression of their origins.
For full details of this unusual but superb wine, we would point you towards Garzon's own, excellent fiche technique/data sheet (click here).
Appetizing display of luscious aromas with fresh apricot and pear fruit tang on the palate. Balanced by the clean, floral tones of honeysuckle blooms and orange blossoms, this wine was fermented cold in stainless steel tanks to allow the varietal character to shine.
The wines of Chateau Musar are unique expressions from a country with an ancient wine-making culture, as vines have been cultivated in Lebanon's high altitude Bekaa Valley for over 6000 years. In 1930, at just 20 years old, Gaston Hochar founded Chateau Musar, inspired by Lebanon’s winemaking tradition and his travels in Bordeaux. Musar Jeune White is an unoaked blend of Viognier, Vermentino, Chardonnay from youthful Bekaa Valley vines. Crisp and aromatic, this eclectic blend of French and Sicilian varieties has its own distinct personality – passionfruit, apples, elderflowers – and a dry, refreshing finish.
This wine is made using ⅓ Vermentino, ⅓ Viognier and ⅓ Chardonnay.
To see Chateau Musar's excellent tasting note and information on this wine, please click the blue link below.
Cave Cuilleron is, above all, a family estate. A passion for wine has been in their genes for three generations. They stand out due to their use of advanced viticulture wedded with bespoke winemaking.
Yves pays extra-special care to the quality of his vines, and rejects “off-the-shelf ideas”. His vision of viticulture is highly personal: not conventional, not organic, and not biodynamic. He has a simple philosophy: “Grow the best possible grapes.”
As the vineyards cannot be mechanised, much labour is required and the vines receive “haute couture” treatment. Careful management of the growth cycle is another hallmark of distinguished savoir-faire. Low vine vigour, leaf-thinning and green harvesting allow maximum ventilation, reduce sensitivity to disease, and improve grape quality. All their grapes are grown to integrated methods and carry no certification labels – in other words, no standards or regulations constrain their conception of wine.
This approach to grape-growing takes the form of respectful manual treatment. They carry out the fewest treatments possible. No insecticides and only small amounts of organic fertiliser define a unique method that deeply respects the balance of the soil. Such consideration is essential, and a prerequisite for a promising future.
To see an excellent tasting note for this wine please click on the blue link below to see a fiche technique prepared by Cuilleron themselves.
This cuvée stems from a unique pebble terroir on the edge of the appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a short distance from the La Crau plateau. It is made only using Viognier. The vines are grown without pesticides or insecticides and manure is natural. The land is worked without herbicide to maintain ventilation and flexibility to the soil. Yields are around of 50 hl/ha.
Grapes are pneumatically pressing and macerated in vat. The wine is aged on its lees, 60% in vat and 40% in barriques (25% new) for 6 months.
This wine is 100% Viognier.
As the Domaine says, "a well-born Viognier, with strong personality, very fresh but with the southern muscle". Ideal for an aperitif or a mesclun salad and scallops. Serve within the next three years.The nose is fresh, fruity and aromatic, with ripe tropical and dried fruit characteristics. The palate is medium bodied with a succulent texture, balanced alcohol and acidity and a great concentration of dried fruit flavours, such as apricot and peach, with a honeyed, silky finish. This an IGP Viognier of impeccable breeding.
Lovely lychees and peach aromas sustained by the full and creamy palate. Pure Viognier expression.
Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2018 review of the 2016 vintage in the Northern Rhone (see blue link below).
The 2015 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition panel article, "Steven Spurrier's Fine Wine World" (see blue link below).
Georges Vernay is known as the "King of Condrieu" and was responsible for the growth and worldwide recognition of this small appellation during the 1950s. His estate covers 22 hectares of vineyards, six of which are in the Côte Rôtie appellation. The steep and uneven vineyards make mechanical labour impossible. The vines are manually cultivated without the use of residual herbicide or insecticide. Georges' daughter, Christine, returned to her roots with Paul Anselem, her Parisian husband, and has looked after the winemaking since 1997, gaining worldwide recognition for her Côte Rôtie wines.
A patchwork of small plots covering four hectares in the lieu-dits of Sainte Agathe and La Caille located in the heart of Condrieu. The vines are planted on steep South facing granite, biotite terraces where the use of machines is impossible; therefore the vineyard is maintained manually and without the use of weed killers or insecticides. The average age of vines is 35 years and they are planted on Richter 100 rootstocks and trained to the simple Guyot method. Planted at a density of between 8,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare, they yield 35 hectolitres per hectare.
The grapes were manually harvested at full maturity of 13 to14 degrees, they were then meticulously sorted and pressed. After a static temperature controlled must settling, the clear juice was fermented in 20 hectolitre oak vats, lasting approximately four to five weeks. The wine was matured on its fine lees in both oak barrels and vats.
Pure peach and apricot aromas are lifted with hints of acacia flowers. Full and creamy with a distinctive mineral expression and a subtle Condrieu saline complexity supporting the ripe stone fruit flavours. This is a pure expression of a very fine Viognier.
Delicious served at room temperature with seared scallops in a rich, creamy sauce; lobster; game and mature cheese.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Yves Cuilleron pays extra-special care to the quality of his vines, and rejects “off-the-shelf ideas”. His vision of viticulture is highly personal: not conventional, not organic, and not biodynamic. He has a simple philosophy: “Grow the best possible grapes.”
As Cuilleron's vineyards cannot be mechanised, much labour is required and the vines receive “haute couture” treatment. Careful management of the growth cycle is another hallmark of distinguished savoir-faire. Low vine vigour, leaf-thinning and green harvesting allow maximum ventilation, reduce sensitivity to disease, and improve grape quality. "All our grapes are grown to integrated methods and carry no certification labels" – in other words, no standards or regulations constrain their conception of wine. This approach to grape-growing takes the form of respectful manual treatment. They carry out the fewest treatments possible – three to five per year. No insecticides and only small amounts of organic fertiliser define a unique method that deeply respects the balance of the soil. Such consideration is essential, and a prerequisite for a promising future.
This wine is 100% Viognier.
To see an information sheet and tasting note for this wine that has been produced by the team at Domaine Yves Cuilleron, please click on the the blue link below.
The 2016 vintage was awarded 95 points and a Platinum Best In Category (Best Greek White) at the Decanter World Wine Awards (www.decanter.com): see their August 2017 DWWA supplement (see blue link below).
Ktima Gerovassiliou is the brainchild of Evangelos Gerovassiliou. He initiated the revival of the family vineyard by planting the nearly extinct Malagousia in 1981. This state of the art winery is now surrounded by 70 hectares of meticulously well cared vineyards on the slopes of Epanomi. Ktima Gerovassiliou guarantees consistent, high quality wines of international acclaim every year.
The floral variety of Viognier was initially planted in the estate in 1993, under the supervision of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The low-yielding vines are grown in mostly sandy soils, rich in marine fossils.The vineyards are cultivated in compliance with ecologically sustainable management practices. The vinification started with skin contact followed by barrel fermentation in new French oak. The wine was matured on its fine lees to enhance the rich creaminess and mouthfeel.
This is a Viognier with expressive aromas of exotic fruits combined with hints of jasmine, green tea. Perfumed and elegant. A great choice to serve chilled with fresh crab or lobster; salads featuring asparagus and shrimps or Asian cuisine.
After harvesting the grapes undergo an short skin maceration. After a gentle pressing and meticulous off-settling, the juice is collected and fermented. Ageing takes place in stainless steel tanks.
The Leduc Viognier has a vibrant, luminous colour with green hues. On the nose, peach, apricot and almond aromas prevail with a refreshing yet fruity palate with a smooth and round finish.
Excellent with spicy foods, grilled chicken or fish. A great match with sushi and sashimi.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Samantha O'Keefe left California with dreams of starting a family and finding paradise. Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa, Lismore Estate Vineyards was born alongside her nascent family. A passionate vision, combined with vines planted at 300 metres, which are chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produces classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted.
While 2016 presented the third year of drought for most regions of South Africa, the Overberg received sufficient rainfall to produce a harvest with average yields and an above average quality. The Greyton region saw a long ripening season with very little stress in the vineyards, resulting in excellent quality fruit.
This Viognier is a reflection of Samantha's obsession with how the special soil, climate and a mysterious sense of place come together to produce an extraordinary wine that tells you its story. The vines are grown on rose-quartz soils in Elgin, which is a cool, high altitude plateau. The region offers a lengthened ripening period which brings the grapes late into season - often three to four weeks later than traditional wine growing areas in South Africa. This provides the opportunity to develop deep complexity and concentration.
The grapes were picked and whole bunch pressed, slowly extracting the juice at a rate of 550 litres per tonne. The juice was settled for 48 hours and was racked into 225 litre Burgundian barrels, which had been used previously, for barrel fermentation and maturation. The wine was left on the lees for nine months with regular "bâttonage" or lees stirring, for the first two months. Balance is the key to this wine. Viognier is an aromatic and generous varietal, it benefits from barrel maturation and lees contact with a fuller mouth feel and increased texture. This, combined with the firm acid backbone and intense fruit will allow this wine to integrate beautifully and gain further complexity over the next three to five years.
This expressive Viognier seduces you with the beautiful perfume of honeysuckle and orange blossom and a textured palate of apricot, kiwi and pineapple. A sensual and exotic experience.
Serve with Asian inspired cuisine; lamb tagines with apricots; or rich shellfish dishes such as seared scallops or grilled lobster.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Mas La Chevalière was established near Béziers in 1995 by Michel Laroche, after 10 years of searching for the right vineyards. The 40 hectares comprise high altitude, cooler sites for whites and hillside terraces for reds. The wines are classified Indication Géographique Protégée because irrigation is used to avoid heat stress (and hard, bitter characters in the wines) in the southerly, sunny climate. The conversion to screwcap for the majority of wines took place at the same time as in Chablis.
Winemaker Géraud Blanc supplements the estate fruit with grapes from 50 growers with whom he has long-term purchasing partnerships. Grapes for this Viognier were grown at higher altitudes in Minervois, Béziers, Agde, Bédarieux, Montpellier, Nîmes and Cévennes, which give fresh, varietal aromas and elegance to the wine. They were harvested in mid-September during the cooler, early hours of the morning.
The Viognier grapes were whole bunch pressed then left to settle for 24 hours before beginning their fermentation, for 12 days at 15°C, in stainless steel vats. No oak was used and there was no malolactic fermentation in order to preserve the natural acidity and crispness. After six months in stainless steel there was a light filtration in order to preserve the natural fruit character and body of the final wine.
Light gold in colour with fragrant aromas of orange blossom and spice touches. This Viognier has delicate apricot and white stone fruit character on the palate, with a lingering aromatic and fresh finish.
Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2018 edition panel tasting of "Alternative" New Zealand Whites (not Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay) (see blue link below)...
James Millton is a living legend in the New Zealand wine scene. A pioneer of organic and biodynamic winemaking, he has ploughed his own furrow for three decades, quietly convinced that his sustainable approach to viticulture and winemaking was the only way to progress.
The Millton winery's own tasting notes for this wine are excellent, so please click the blue link below to see all this wine's details.
Since the early 19th Century, Paul Jaboulet Ainé has been synonymous with quality wine in the Rhône Valley. Jaboulet’s Hermitages - white and red - and most of their upper wines - are the stuff of legend. The famous Rhone winery was bought by the Frey family in 2006. The Freys, owners of Chateau la Lagune in Bordeaux, saw the potential of the vineyards. They brought renewed energy to this corner of France and to one of its greatest names.
Treasured by the Popes of Avignon in the 14th Century, the story of Condrieu has evolved alongside the history of France. At the beginning of the last century, only about 10 hectares of vineyards remained. The creation of the Condrieu AOC in 1940, however, paved the way for the rebirth of Condrieu and its ascension to the greatest heights among the white wines of France today.
Soil: Granite broken down into arenite (sand). Average vine age: 25 years+.
100% Viognier. Bunches of grapes pressed whole, then fermented in oak barrels, 15% of which are made from brand new wood. Subsequently Aged in French oak barrels for 10 months.
Floral aromas (lily of the valley, jasmine) merge superbly with fruity aroamas (apricot, lychee). On the palate, a fresh, mineral attack with great persistence. A superbly balanced wine, with great length and elegance to spare.
Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2018 edition panel tasting of "Alternative" New Zealand Whites (not Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay) (see blue link below)...
Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994. They own 160 hectares of vineyard in 10 different Marlborough locations chosen specifically for the attributes of their individual "terroir" and ability to produce top quality grapes. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive expertise in viticulture with the talent of one of New Zealand's leading winemaking teams led by Hamish Clark. Since 1994, when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today. This is a sentiment shared by Bob Campbell MW, who says “Saint Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc”.
The grapes for this wine are grown in Saint Clair's vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels region of Hawkes Bay. The 10 year old vines are planted on the stoniest part of the vineyard. These stony soils are vigour moderating free-draining soils, ideal for growing Viognier. The vines are trained using the VSP Guyot system there is reasonably high exposure as a result, reflected in the ripeness of the wine. The grapes are harvested in the cool of the night, preserving the varietal characteristics.
The grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness, pressed and the must settled. Fermentation took place in stainless tanks with carefully selected yeast to enhance the varietal characters. The wine was left on the yeast lees imparting texture and complexity to the resulting wine.
This wine is 100% Viognier.
An elegant wine displaying prominent notes of peach, apricot kernel and fragrant orange blossom laced with impressions of spice. Rich and textured on the palate this complex Viognier delivers flavours of apricot, burnt orange, savoury pastry and French fruit tart. A weighty mid palate leads to a subtle spicy note on the finish. The perfect accompaniment to chargrilled chicken and pumpkin risotto.