Tamboerskloof Viognier 2010

grapes Viognier
– Clone VR 642 –100% ex Stellenbosch
aspect Faces North – South
altitude 172m to 198m above MSL
distance from sea 18km
soil type Kroonstad
rootstock 101/14
age of vines 8 years
trellising 7 Wire Perold System
pruning 2 bud spurs
winemaking record The grapes were hand-picked and sorted before entering our inox basket-press. The separated juice was then settled overnight with no enzyme additions. 18 hours later the clear juice was racked off to stainless steel tank. The juice then underwent a 20 day natural fermentation at 15ºC. The tank was stirred weekly for the first 2 months post fermentation, thus forcing the fine lees into suspension. The rich, creamy flavours experienced on the mid-palate are the direct result of this process.
bottled 30/07/2010
wine analysis Alcohol 13.5% vol, Total Acid 6.0 g/l, pH 3.35, Residual Sugar 4.5g/l
cellaring potential 2 to 3 years
winemakers comments A light straw coloured Viognier with apricot, white peach and jasmine flavours on the nose which mingle nicely with a full yet lively palate. Great minerality and spice round off this delicate wine’s exspression of it’s terroir.
recommended food pairing Duck-salad, Indian cuisine, Bobotie, lamb and light curries.