The 2016 Viognier is the product of an unexceptional 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 200C.
The approach taken for this Viognier was to de-stem and press the fruit on arrival at the winery, and then place it in a range of vats and barrels for its primary ferment for three weeks.
Following blending, the wine remained in stainless steel vats until bottling some 5 months later.
The resultant wine has a pleasant mouth-feel with a long, subtle finish on the palate.
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.