Karikari Estate Paewhenua Island Northland Viognier 2016

Viognier from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 03-Mar-2018
Bright golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and up-front, with broad and deep aromas of ripe tropical fruits along with apricits and lifted confectionary elements, unveiling stonefruits, honey and exotic floral elements. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has moderately sweet and rich flavours of tropical fruits and apricots and volatile notes and confectionary. Floral and honey elements add interest. The fruit forms a deep and rounded core, and the palate flows along a smooth line with soft acidity enhancing the accessibility. The palate has underlying linearity and carries to a smooth, dry, fine-textured finish of confectionary. This is an up-front Viognier with lifted tropical and exotic fruits with lollyish notes on a smooth, rounded palate. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3 years. Hand-picked fruit from leased vines on the ‘Butterfish Bay’ vineyard on Paewhenua Island, 40% tank-fermented and 60% new French oak fermented to 12.0% alc. and 3 g/L RS, the wine given 3 months batonnage, with 5% undergoing MLF. 16.5/20 Mar 2018 RRP $40.00

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