de la terre Reserve Viognier 2014


Tasting Notes: Colour: – a fresh pale straw colour

Nose: –   as a young wine, the nose is somewhat tight and minerally with fruit sitting nascent in the background.  With bottle-age we expect this wine to follow the same trend as our 2013 – developing fruit  aromatics of dried apricot and citrus alongside the minerality and complexity from the old French oak and yeast influences.

Palate: -a solid attack of vibrant fruit with a seam of fresh acidity keeping the structure tight and focussed as it moves through to the long and persistent finish. The slightly ‘smoky’ oak influence will continue to integrate as it ages.

Unlike the nose, the palate shows clear expression of the more-typical Viognier flavours – stonefruit, pear, etc – albeit alongside the ‘other stuff’. I can ‘see’ the limestone influence in this wine from the particular terroir of Block 2.

A truly different style of Viognier which we have developed as a signature wine in our de la terre Reserve range.

Cellaring: 5 – 8 years
Production Quantity: 1440 bottles produced, estate bottled, hand-labelled, individually numbered
Winemaker’s Notes
Vineyard: Hill Country Estate
The Grapes: Grapes were hand-harvested from a very, steep low-yielding north-facing limestone terrace on our Hill Country Estate vineyard.

Block 2 has a very unique terroir – it contributes the (limestone) minerality as well as the elevated acidity which are the hallmarks of this wine. We have the same clone on other parts of the vineyard but the wines from the other 2 Viognier blocks are completely different.

Highly concentrated flavours due to low yield per vine. Elevated (cool) site and limestone soils bring a more linear structure with a seam of acidity and mineral notes.

Wine Style:  A dry,  tightly structured Viognier style with elements of minerality and complexity (rather than overtly  floral / fruit-driven)

‘Linearity’ is the catchword for this wine – the aim is for an arrowhead attack of concentrated fruit, staying tight and lean through the mid-palate and on to a strong and persistent finish.

The wine was actually made in more of a Chardonnay style than that typically used for Viognier. We see this as an interesting and exciting variation to the style of Viognier commonly produced in New Zealand.

Like our Reserve Chardonnay, this is a wine specifically aimed at slow, graceful bottle ageing.

Winemaking Notes:  All fruit hand-picked and whole bunch pressed (no crushing) to maintain a fresher/tighter structure. Also, very gentle pressing at low pressures for same reasons.As a result of the trial work associated with our 2013 Reserve Viognier, we evolved the winemaking of the  2014 to include 100% barrel fermentation in non-new French barriques and 100% hyperoxidation of the juice prior to fermentation.

Extended post-fermentation contact between yeast and wine to add further complexity and improve texture.