Tamboerskloof Viognier 2018

grapes Viognier – Clone VR 642 - 89%
Roussanne – Clone RZ 522 - 11%
aspect Faces North
altitude 176 m to 184 m above MSL
distance from sea 18 km
soil type Tukulu and Kroonstad
rootstock 101-14
age of vines 2001
trellising 7 Wire Perold System
pruning 2 bud spurs
winemaking record Our Viognier was hand picked on different dates to obtain the full flavour spectrum of the grape. Roussanne was picked on 18 February. The grapes were hand-sorted before being de-stemmed into the stainless-steel basket press. The juice was then settled overnight and fermented for twenty days with indigenous yeasts at a temperature of 15°C. In 2018 one third of the grapes fermented in 4th and 5th fill French oak 300L barrels, one third in stainless steel tanks, and the final third in a concrete egg. The wine was stirred for a four-week period after fermentation thus forcing the fine lees into suspension and creating our rich mouth feel.
bottled 25 June 2018
wine analysis Alcohol 13.37% volume
Total Acid 5.8g/l
pH 3.43
Residual Sugar 2.9g/l
cellaring potential 2 to 3 years
winemakers comments A perfect pale colour. Peach, floret and a lush mix of citrus show immense concentration right from the start. Both precise and dense the scents and flavours flow through into a tightly wound rich finish, bright with citrus. The length and concentration are simply spectacular. Chill to 14 ̊C and open 30 minutes prior to serving.
recommended food pairing Foods with a spice as well as selected seafood and fowl.