Elephant Hill SEA Viognier 2020, Hawke’s Bay

Viognier from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 07-Jul-2022
Bright, pale yellow with a light green hue, even colour throughout. This has a gently full, voluminous entry, stonefruit, pear melded with flint, roasted almond, lees element and floral hints. Full-bodied, bright on the entry, pear and stonefruit entwined with an amalgam of fine spice and white floral; a subtle note of roasted almonds, flint, and creaminess enriched the palate and lent a long, elegant finish. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy with an unctuous texture, supported by acid tension. This elegant Viognier possesses fresh acidity and fruit with barrel-fermentation complexity, spice and floral elegance. Match with chicken ballotine and blue cod beurre blanc over the next 5 years. Fruit from Te Awanga, handpicked, fermented in tank (60%) and seasoned French oak (40%) to 13.5% alc, aged 6 months on fine lees with occasional stirring. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) July 2022 RRP $34

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