Saint Clair Hawke’s Bay Origin Viognier 2017

Fragrant with flavours of peach, apricot and almond with an oily texture.

Senior Winemaker: Stewart Maclennan
Senior Winemaker: Hamish Clark

Colour:
Pale gold.

Aroma:
Peach, apricot kernel and fragrant orange blossom laced with impressions of spice.

Palate:
A rich, textural palate with flavours of apricot, burnt orange, savoury pastry and French fruit tart. A weighty mid palate leads to a subtle spicy note on the finish.

Ageing Potential:
An early drinking variety, at its best within three years of vintage date.

Winemaking and Viticulture:
Grapes were harvested from Saint Clair’s vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels wine growing district of Hawke’s Bay. The vigour moderating free-draining gravel is ideal for growing quality Viognier. The grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness, pressed off and settled. The juice was then transported to the Saint Clair winery in Marlborough where it was fermented in tank with selected yeast.

Wine Analysis:
Alcohol 12.5% v/v, Residual sugar 2.2g/L, Acidity 5.7g/litre, pH 3.64

Food match:
Well matched with a large array of foods, but a perfect accompaniment for chargrilled chicken or pumpkin risotto.