Tamboerskloof Viognier 2012

grapes Viognier
- Clone VR 642
aspect North Facing
altitude 176 to 184 above MSL
distance from sea 18km
soil type Tukulu and Kroonstad
rootstock 101/14
age of vines 10 years
trellising 7 Wire Perold System
pruning 2 bud spurs
winemaking record Grapes were hand-picked on 3 different dates to obtain the full flavour spectrum of this cultivar. The grapes were sorted across the sorting tables before de-stemmed into a basket press. Clear juice was fermented for 20 days with naturally inoculated wild yeats at a temperature of 15'C. 25% of this vintage was fermented in 300L 3rd fill French oak barrels. The wine was stirred for a 6-week period after fermentation, forcing the fine lees into suspension, thus creating a rich mouth feel.
bottled 28 June 2012
wine analysis Alcolhol 13.5% volume Total Acid 5.5 g/l pH 3.42 Residual Sugar 2.4 g/l
cellaring potential 2 to 3 years
winemakers comments A white gold-coloured Viognier with frangipani,jasmine and citrus blossom flavours on the nose, which are well supported by apple, peach and citrus on the palate. Chill to 14'C and open 30 minutes prior to serving.
recommended food pairing Duck salad, mild curries and bobotie.