Man O’ War ‘Valkyrie’ Waiheke Island Viognier 2012

Viognier from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 06-Nov-2012
Hand-picked fruit with a small portion of botrytis-affected material from the company's ‘Top Swamp Viognier' vineyard, WBP and barrel-fermented in 1 y.o. 500 L puncheons to 14.5% alc. and dryness, the wine aged 3 months in barrel on lees. Bright, light straw-golden colour, lighter on edge. The nose is soft and very fragrant with aromas of apricots, rose-petal florals and exotic spices, akin to Gewurztraminer. Dry to taste, powerful and rich flavours of spiced apricots and exotic florals are based on a smooth-textured, near unctuous, oily palate. Fine and crisp acid zing provides a linearity and along with noticeable alcohol power, the flavours are driven to a sustained finish with cut. The alcohol drive is on the edge, but there is plenty of fruit weight to carry it. This will develop over the next 3-4+ years. 18.0+/20 Oct 2012 RRP $47.00

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