Viognier    

Characteristics

  • Fickle grape to grow, subject to problems in the flowering and setting of fruit
  • Best picked late and fully ripe, with high alcohol, at least 13.5 degree
  • ...but can be too fat and overblown if grown in too hot temperatures
  • Very aromatic, with scents of apricot and honeysuckle
  • Intense stone fruit palate
  • Only top examples should be aged - otherwise best enjoyed young

Vinification/maturation

  • Wide range of styles: crisp and pure from stainless steel to powerful, barrel-matured examples

Best known as the only grape of Condrieu, an appellation in the northern Rhône, over the last forty years Viognier has spread down the Rhône (in the south it is useful as a blending grape) and to the Languedoc. In the New World there are highly successful Viogniers from California, South Africa, Australia, Chile, and notable value in Argentina.

Our Viognier Wines…

HALF Rustenberg, Straw Wine, Coastal Region, 2019

From 81.5% Chenin Blanc and 18.5% Viognier dried on straw in the Italian passito manner to...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCoastal Region

ColourWhite

ABV9.5%

Bottle37.5cl

CodeRUS919

GrapeChenin Blanc & Viognier

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Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Blanc, Les Leonides, 2019

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Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Blanc, Les Leonides, 2019

The unoaked Météore white has now reverted to its former name of Les Léonides. A blend of...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeMET719

GrapeVermentino, Roussanne & Viognier

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La Combe Saint-Paul,Viognier, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2020

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La Combe Saint-Paul,Viognier, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2020

As usual this is more on the light, fresh, floral side of Viognier than more obviously weighty...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeCSP320

GrapeViognier

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