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Bodega Garzon Estate Viognier 2018 (1x75cl)

Bodega Garzón is a family owned winery in Maldonado on the Atlantic coast in southern Uruguay. They pioneered viticulture in this area over 10 years ago, and have since become the standard-bearer for premium wines from Uruguay. In November 2018, their pioneering status was recognised by Wine Enthusiast with the ‘New World Winery of the Year’ award. The vineyards at Bodega Garzón are a patchwork quilt of 1,150 individual plots of around 0.2 hectares in size, each plot carefully chosen for a specific variety according to its soil and microclimate. The winery is specially designed to operate as sustainably as possible, and is the first winery outside North America to pursue LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Built on natural terraces, the winery uses cutting-edge technology and operates using a gravity system to ensure quality and energy efficiency at every stage of production.

A relatively mild winter brought forward bud break by about two weeks. There were average levels of rainfall in spring and early summer, however the drought which followed in January caused a severe water shortage. Therefore the viticultural team used drip irrigation, thus ensuring perfect maturation of the grapes. Despite the water shortage and subsequent irrigation measures, veraison was uniform. Optimum maturation was also aided by cooler nights which are becoming more common in the region. The wines from this vintage, with its early start and generally favourable climatic conditions, are elegant and fruit forward.

For full details of this unusual but superb wine, we would point you towards Garzon's own, excellent fiche technique/data sheet (click here).

100% Viognier.

This Viognier is rich yet fresh with white peach and floral characters. Elegant but intense on the finish, this wine delights the palate with fresh fruit and complementary minerality.

ABV = 14.5%.

 

£13.05

Bogle Viognier 2017 (1x75cl)

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.

£15.35

Chateau Musar Jeune White 2018 (1x75cl)

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.

Château Musar Jeune White 2017 - fiche technique

£15.35

Cuilleron Condrieu La Petite Cote 2018 (1x 75cl)

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 be clear, 'La Petite Côte' is not a district but a cuvée. It is drawn from S/SE-facing vines in terraces overlooking the village of Chavanay. Soils are muscovite-rich granite.

Cultivation: high-density planting (8,000-10,000 vines per hectare). No insecticides or pesticides, few treatments (depending on weather), small amount of organic-only fertiliser, with respect of soil and vine balance. Vigour and yield control, leaf-thinning and green harvesting to promote grape maturation. Vinification: the grapes are hand-picked and sorted, then pressed and left to settle. Alcoholic fermentation in oak barriques, with no racking but regular stirring. Malolactic fermentation also conducted in barriques, with native yeasts.

Maturing: 9 months in barriques, on the lees, no racking, regular stirring.

100% Viognier.

This is an expressive and seductive wine. The nose evokes a basket of fruits gilded by the sun, apricot, quince, peach and citrus fruits. Some sweet notes of flowers (lilac, rose and violet) and honey make the feel even more charming. The mouth is gourmand and fresh, yet with a beautiful spicy power and an attractive bitterness.

Ageing: drink earlier rathern than leter to enjoy the depth of fruit, ie up to 3-4 years from vintage.

ABV = 14.0%.

£42.25

Domaine de la Janasse Viognier Vin de Pays de la Principaute dOrange 2018 (1x 75cl)

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.

£17.60

Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu 'Terrasses de L'Empire' 2011 (1x75cl)

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.

ABV = 13.5%.

£51.60

Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu 'Terrasses de L'Empire' 2017 (1x75cl)

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).

Vernay Terrasses de l'Empire Condrieu 2016 - May 2018 Decanter review

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).

Vernay Terrasses de l'Empire Condrieu 2015 - January 2018 Decanter review

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.

£60.55

Domaine Yves Cuilleron Condrieu Les Chaillets Vieilles Vignes 2017 (1x 75cl)

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.

Domaine Yves Cuilleron Condrieu Les Chaillets 2017 - fiche technique

£56.65

Kleinood Tamboerskloof Viognier 2018 (1x75cl)

The de Villiers family has left deep footprints in the history of the South African wine industry through the centuries, and Kleinood and the Tamboerskloof wines are no exception. In the year 2000 Gerard de Villiers, a direct descendant of Jacob, and his wife, Libby named the in the Blaauwklippen-valley along the slopes of the Helderberg mountain acquired farm, Kleinood.

Kleinood is an Afrikaans word from Dutch and German origin meaning something small and precious. This is exactly what Kleinood means to them and precisely what it is – a small farm, very dear to their hearts, specializing in the production of only a Syrah based red wine, a single vineyard Syrah and small production of Viognier.

One of the secrets of the Kleinood wines lies in picking at exactly the right time. Each year the team inspects the vineyards from an aerial perspective. This allows them to do an infrared survey of the vineyards, thus determining vigour and ripeness of different areas in each block. Each area is then picked accordingly. 

The winery, a study in simplicity, combines the structural and technological expertise of owner-designer Gerard in a clever combination of high-tech and tradition. It was designed to work very softly with the grapes and to afford the winemaker the most flexibility possible. The intention of de Viliers family to create their own wine although formulated deliberately modest, however, proves in her enormous commitment to create a unique and very personal wine of the highest quality.

The Viognier was hand picked on different dates to obtain the full flavour spectrum of the grape. The grapes were hand-sorted before being de-stemmed into the stainless-steel basket press. The wine was stirred for a four-week period after fermentation thus forcing the fine lees into suspension and creating our rich mouth feel. No wood /oak contact.

Aspect: North-facing.

Altitude: 176 m to 184 m above MSL.

Age of vines: 2001.

Cellaring potential: 2–3 years. 

94% Viognier, 6% Roussanne.

Residual sugar: 2.9 g/l.

A perfect pale colour. Peach, floret and a lush mix of citrus show immense concentration right from the start. Both precise and dense, the scents and flavours flow through into a tightly wound rich finish, bright with citrus. The length and concentration are simply spectacular. Well suited to spicy foods, selected seafood and fowl.

£15.65

Ktima Gerovassiliou Viognier Epanomi 2018 (1x75cl)

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 74 hectares of meticulously well cared vineyards on the slopes of Epanomi. Ktima Gerovassiliou guarantees consistent, high quality wines of international acclaim every year and his Malagousia remains the benchmark to this day.

At Ktima Gerovassiliou, the single, private 74-hectare vineyard is cultivated with great care and enthusiasm, which leads to constant research and experimentation with Greek and international varieties. New technological advances blend well with tradition throughout the vine growing and vinification processes to produce high quality wines that carry all the distinct characteristics of the terroir of Epanomi. The climate is Mediterranean with mild winters and hot summers, tempered by sea breezes. The vineyard is surrounded on three sides by the sea, which is three kilometres away, while its west side faces the Thermaic Gulf, Mount Olympus and the beaches of Pieria. The vines are grown in soils which are mainly sandy with a few clayey substrates and calcareous rocks. It is rich in sea fossils, as the surrounding hilly area was formed by sea deposits. The floral variety of Viognier was initially planted on the estate in 1993, under the supervision of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The vineyard is cultivated in compliance with ecologically sustainable management practices.

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 texture.

Viognier 100%.

Benchmark Viognier with expressive aromas of exotic fruits combined with hints of jasmine, green tea and (of course) peach: perfumed and elegant with a wonderfully long finish.

This wine is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

£17.05

Leduc Viognier Igp Pays Doc 2018 (1x75cl)

After harvesting, the grapes undergo an short skin maceration. After a gentle pressing and meticulous 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.

ABV = 13.0%.

£9.45

Lismore Estate The Age of Grace Cape South Coast Viognier 2018 (1x75cl)

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.

£19.20

Maison Les Alexandrins, Condrieu 2017 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2018 focus on the Jaboulet family (see blue link below).

Maison Les Alexandrins, Condrieu 2017 - July 2018 Decanter review

Maison Les Alexandrins is the newly renamed collaboration between Nicolas Jaboulet, formerly of the eponymous winery in Tain, winemaker Guillaume Sorrel and viticulturalist Alexandre Caso. Each person brings their expertise to this micro-négociant, an extension of Domaine Les Alexandrins, established in 2015. The aim of Maison Les Alexandrins remains the same: to buy parcels of fruit from some of the top growers in each appellation in the Northern Rhône. Maison and Domaine Les Alexandrins will soon be a permanent fixture in the Northern Rhône with a new winery under construction in Tain-l’Hermitage.

The main stone found in Condrieu is granite. On the surface the soil is covered with decomposed granite and loess. This soil is perfectly suited to Viognier and the vines benefit from excellent sunshine. When looking for growers, Marc and Nicolas wished to limit their research to Côteau de Cherry and Côteau de Rozay that have a bit of altitude and where the wines have a good balance and more importantly great freshness.

The 2017 vintage began with a mild winter, followed by lower temperatures in May with some heavy rain during the flowering period, which led to a reduction in yields. By mid-June, the weather improved, becoming warm and dry, ideal growing conditions for the grapes. The wines give an impression of opulence, concentration and generosity. Ageing will allow the wines to soften and slowly find their balance.

The bunches were pressed followed by a long fermentation at low temperatures of 12-15°C. 20% of the wine was aged in oak barrels to bring richness and body to the wine, and the remaining 80% was put in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and fruit aromas. It was aged for eight months in total before bottling.

100% Viognier.

This wine is pale yellow in colour. The nose is aromatic, with candied lemon peel and ripe stone fruit aromas, sweet spice and honeysuckle notes. The palate is creamy, balanced and has a long finish.

£41.40

Maison les Alexandrins, Viognier 2018 (1x 75cl)

Maison Les Alexandrins is the newly renamed collaboration between Nicolas Jaboulet, formerly of the eponymous winery in Tain, winemaker Guillaume Sorrel and viticulturalist Alexandre Caso. Each person brings their expertise to this micro-négociant, an extension of Domaine Les Alexandrins, established in 2015. The aim of Maison Les Alexandrins remains the same: to buy parcels of fruit from some of the top growers in each appellation in the Northern Rhône. Following the construction of a new winery in Tain-l’Hermitage in 2019, Maison and Domaine Les Alexandrins is now a permanent fixture in the Northern Rhône.

The Viognier vines are planted in the mountainous part of the Coteaux d’Ardèche. Located to the west of the Rhône Valley, the Coteaux de l'Ardèche is known for its long, hot growing season. The altitude here ensure that the grapes ripen slowly and retain excellent, refreshing levels of acidity.

The season started well with a mild spring following a wet winter, maintaining the soil's water reserve. June was very rainy which increased disease pressure. Fortunately the summer was very hot and dry which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly, giving a lovely concentration to the wines. 2018 has resulted in highly aromatic wines with a lovely freshness.

Fermentation and ageing took place in stainless-steel tanks at low temperatures, in order to preserve the freshness and aromatics of the wine. It was bottled during early spring 2019.

100% Viognier.

This Viognier is an attractive yellow gold in the glass. The nose is rich, with notes of pineapple, peach and apricot. On the palate, lively and concentrated fruit is balanced with a beautiful freshness and lifted acidity.

£12.85

Mas La Chevaliere Viognier De La Chevaliere 2018 (1x75cl)

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 winter was marked by significant rainfall, and the rain continued into the spring. Flowering and fruit set took place in good conditions. Summer experienced very high temperatures, but there was no water stress caused to the vines because of the good water reserves supplied by the rain in winter and spring. Harvest began in the middle of August and lasted until the middle of October. Weather throughout the harvest period was excellent.

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.

100% Viognier.

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.

£11.25
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