Tamboerskloof Viognier 2015

grapes Viognier – Clones VR642 - 10 % Roussanne – Clone RZ 522 - 9 %
aspect Faces North
altitude 176 to 184 above MSL
distance from sea 18 km
soil type Tukulu and Kroonstad
rootstock 101-14 Mgt
age of vines 12 years
trellising 7 Wire Perold System
pruning 2 bud spurs
winemaking record Our Viognier was hand picked on four different dates to obtain the full flavour spectrum of the grape. The Roussanne was picked on the 10th of February along with a batch of the Viognier and hand-sorted before being de-stemmed into the stainless steel basket-press. To ensure early blending, the varieties were co-fermented. The juice was then settled overnight and fermented for twenty days with indigenous yeasts at a temperature of 15°C. 75% of this wine was fermented in 4th fill French oak 300L barrels and a quarter in concrete egg. The wine was stirred for a four-week period after fermentation, forcing the fine lees into suspension, creating this wine’s rich mouth feel.
bottled 26 June 2015
wine analysis Alcohol 12.9 % volume Total Acid 6.0 g/l pH 3.22 Residual Sugar 4.4 g/l
cellaring potential 2-4 years
winemakers comments A pale gold coloured Viognier with candy apple, rose petal, delicate Jasmine and a slight vanilla blossom aroma, supported by fresh apple and white peach on the palate. The wine offers medium volume on the palate as well as texture and aroma from the Roussanne component. Chill to 14°C and open 30 minutes prior to serving.
recommended food pairing Foods with light to medium spice as well as selected seafood and fowl.