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2017 Viognier

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2017 Viognier
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Viognier is a white wine grape variety. Its origin is not known but it is thought to be an ancient grape, possibly originating in what is now present-day Croatia and brought to the Rhône region by the Romans in 281 A.D. Viognier is an inherently low-yielding grape and is not widely grown by most commercial vineyards for economic reasons. Unique to this varietal, Viognier can be used to enhance the color, nose and flavor of a red wine when co-fermented. This is commonly used in old European techniques when making Syrah and Tempranillo.

We harvested these grapes at 23 brix and immediately de-stemmed, crushed and pressed the juice to prevent overexposure to oxygen. We used dry ice pellets to dissipate the oxygen throughout the process. A clay slurry was used to fine the juice and drop the suspended particles during a slow, cold and temperature-controlled fermentation. The wine was racked off and put into neutral French barrels to age for 3 months. It was then cold-stabilized in a stainless-steel tank. After racking off the tartaric crystals that formed during stabilization, the wine was filtered at .65 microns and bottled.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Viognier
Vineyard Designation
Apetahi
Acid
7.49 g/L
pH
3.3
Aging
3 months in neutral French oak
Fermentation
No Malolactic
Residual Sugar
1.1 g/L
Alcohol %
13.3
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
At first impression, you will be struck by the characteristically perfumed floral bouquet for which Viognier is known. A crisp, and refreshing tangerine, mango, and honeysuckle opening leads to creamier notes of Tahitian Vanilla with nutmeg and clove spices on the palate.
Vineyard Notes
With a yield of just 1.5 tons an acre, this Viognier is concentrated and full of flavor!
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