Mudbrick ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Viognier 2014

Viognier from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 18-Dec-2014
Fruit from the ‘Mudbrick’, ‘Shepherds Point’ and ‘Browns’ vineyards, 50% WBP and fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc. and 3.0 g/L RS, the wine aged 7 months in 33% new French oak barriques with 25% MLF. Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim. The nose is elegantly presented with good volume of white stonefruits, exotic white florals, musk and honey. The aromatics are pure and build to form a softly concentrated core revealing apricots, nuts and mineral detail. Dry to taste and full-bodied, the flavours of exotic florals, apricots and citrus zest are initially restrained, but open to show oak and honied notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and near unctuous with underlying alcohol power and drive, and discreet acidity. This has a harmonious presence that grows in richness, blossoming in aromatic exoticism. The wine is carried with power leading to a long and sustained finish. This is a youthful, smooth and unctuously rich, exotic Viognier that blossoms in the glass. Serve with seafood, poultry, Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4+ years. 137 cases made. 18.5+/20 Dec 2014 RRP $48.00

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