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Black Barn ‘R&D’ Hawke’s Bay Viognier ‘Sur Lie’ 2015

04 April,2017
Black Barn is an artisan winegrower with 10 ha of estate vineyards in Havelock North. Winemaker Dave McKee makes mainly very high quality Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietal wines, with forays into other varietals and styles, sometimes employing fruit from neighbouring vineyards. When trialling new techniques, the wines come under the ‘R&D’ range. (Click here to see my review of the ‘Orange’ wine from 2016). These wine are sold only at the cellar door due to their tiny volumes. Here, I review the ‘Sur Lie’ Viognier 2015, given extended time on lees, with a low sulphur addition of over 50 ppm and bottled without fining or filtration. www.blackbarn.com

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Black Barn ‘R&D’ Hawke’s Bay Viognier ‘Sur Lie’ 2015

Viognier from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18.5-/20
Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, paler edged. The nose is elegantly proportioned with good aroma intensity, showing exotic yellow stonefruits, apricot and citrus blossom, melded harmoniously with a layering of creamy, spicy barrel-ferment and nutty lees elements. The nose has fragrance and presence. Dry to taste and full-bodied, the palate is rich and full-flavoured with spiced apricots, yellow florals, blossom, and layers of creamy oak, nutty lees. The palate has depth, intensity and excellent power and drive, the core flowing smoothly along a fine phenolic-threaded line, leading to a long, spicy, nutty finish. This is a rich, full and intense stonefruit and blossom flavoured Viognier with spicy oak and nutty lees complexities on a powerful, sustained palate. Match with rich Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4 years. Fruit selectively hand-picked from the company’s Havelock Hills site, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented in a new 500 L Saury puncheon to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 20 on lees in oak, undergoing batonnage and MLF. Sulphur addition just over 50 ppm, and bottled without fining or filtration. 562 bottles made. 18.5-/20 Apr 2017 RRP $39.00
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