The 2019 Viognier is the product of an intriguing vintage from the Turners Crossing vineyard at Serpentine, Central Victoria. The vineyard itself rests on the banks of the Loddon River some 50km northwest of Bendigo where the soil is typically a medium clay loam infused with a ridge of limestone pebbles that influences a neutral pH across the profile. Climatic conditions at the site generally include warm to hot days during summer and throughout the growing season with mild night time temperatures just below 20C. The Viognier was de-stemmed and pressed on arrival at the winery and placed in a range of vats and oak barrels for its primary ferment for three weeks. The blended products of this process resulted in an exceptional wine that characterises all the hallmarks of the relatively unknown but delectable Cote du Rhône grape variety. The judicious use of oak has tamed this lively wine, but not compromised its lifted aromatics of stone fruits on the palate
and poise and length that can only be described as obsequious.
Colour: light straw-green
Aroma: The wine offers a complex array of lifted aromas of stone fruits, honeysuckle and violet.
Palate: A dry, acidic, medium-bodied wine
Ageing: Ready to drink now, but with careful cellaring will continue to improve for 2-3 years.
Bendigo’s weather through to harvest was dry but of moderate heat, providing good ripening conditions. Yields were moderate.
Food Friends: Pair this Viognier with spicy Asian food or a variety of seafood or shellfish.