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…

Carinae, Viognier, Mendoza, Argentina, 2020

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Carinae, Viognier, Mendoza, Argentina, 2020

Viognier is much better suited to the heat in Argentina than Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc....

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE720

GrapeViognier

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Blankbottle, Moment of Silence, Wellington, 2020

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Blankbottle, Moment of Silence, Wellington, 2020

Moment of Silence (or MoS for short) is always the best value wine in Pieter Walser's...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWellington

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBBO120

GrapeChenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc & 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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Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Ephemere, 2020

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Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Ephemere, 2020

Soft stone fruit particularly apricot and pear notes abound. This is a great entry to a...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeESZ620

GrapeGrenache Blanc, Roussanne & Viognier

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