Tamboerskloof Viognier 2017

grapes 94% Viognier - Clone VR 642 6% Roussanne - Clone RZ 522
aspect Faces North
altitude 176m to 194m above MSL
distance from sea 18km
soil type Tukulu & Kroonstad
rootstock 101-14
age of vines 2001
trellising 7 Wire Perold System
pruning 2 Bud Spurs
winemaking record The Roussanne grapes were hand-picked on 14 February 2017, whereas the Viognier was hand-picked on four different dates to obtain the full flavour spectrum of the grape. Both cultivars were hand-sorted before being de- stemmed into the stainless steel basket-press. Juice was then settled overnight and fermented for twenty days with indigenous yeasts at a temperature of 15°C. The Roussanne was barrel fermented. 30% of the Viognier was fermented in 4th & 5th fill, French oak, 300L barrels. Of the remaining 70% Viognier, 45% was fermented in stainless steel tanks and 25% in a concrete egg tank. The wine was blended and stirred weekly for a four-week period after fermentation, forcing the fine lees into suspension, to create the uniquely rich mouth feel typical of the Tamboerskloof Viognier.
bottled 19 June 2017
wine analysis Alcohol 13% volume
Total Acid 5.4g/l
pH 3.34
Residual Sugar 1.6g/l
cellaring potential 4 to 5 years
winemakers comments A classic white gold colour Viognier with major jasmine and frangipani notes, delicately interlacing kiwi and pear on the nose. Purely balanced with great natural acidity. On the palate the wine punches richly and finishes boldly on apricot and quince tones.
recommended food pairing Foods with light to medium spice as well as selected seafood and fowl.