Babich ‘Family Estates’ Individual Vineyard – Fernhill’ Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2012

Viognier from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 25-Jan-2013
Fruit from the company's ‘Fernhill' vineyard, stainless-steel fermented to 12.9% alc. and 4.7 g/L rs, the wine aged 4-5 months on lees. Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight lemon-green hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is very refined and tight in expression, with clear-cut aromas of exotic tropical fruits, citrus and musk. Dry to taste and medium-light weighted, delicate flavours of citrus zest and apricots build with intensity forming a softly concentrated core. Richness develops adding weight and presence. The flavours flow smoothly with slippery acidity providing liveliness to the clarity, and drive to a softly dense finish of moderately sustained floral and apricotty notes. This Viognier shows purity and clarity and subtly rich and exotic flavours. Match with seafood, poultry and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3+ years. 16.5/20 Jan 2013 RRP $25.00

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