Hans Herzog Marlborough Viognier

Viognier 2019

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As a small family owned winery, our minimum order amount is 3 bottles, this can be mixed across our eclectic range of varieties. 

Vintage 2019

Viognier is a fickle grape variety with unpredictable yields and should be picked only when fully ripe (physiological ripeness). When picked too early, the grapes fail to develop the full extent of its stunning aromas. When picked too late or in hot climates, the grapes produce wine that is oily and lacks perfume. Our warm sandy soils and cool Marlborough nights bring out the full potential of its aromatics. 2019 was another perfect growing season with a long Indian summer and together with our low yield philosophy, we picked outstanding, healthy and extremely flavourful berries for a Viognier to weave its magic spell.

Hans' Comments

I left the destemmed and crushed berries on the skins for an extended time to extract the superb flavours. Then gently pressed and transferred in 500 litre French oak puncheons for a natural (wild yeast) fermentation until there was no sugar left. Its fine lees has been regularly stirred during the first six months, assisting to its remarkable silkiness, complexity and depth. The wine had 18 month in the barrel and 10 month in the bottle to mature and flourish to a nectar of great enjoyment. No cold stabilization. Unfined and only lightly filtrated to retain the amazing aromas. Naturally beautiful…

Tasting Notes

Deep in colour. Head-spinningly rich, gold-brocade-shimmering quince and apricot fruit on the nose with an undertow of sweet spice and honeysuckle. A show stopping bouquet and explosion dripping with honey and exotic fruit with a tantalizing and teasing fresh acidity. The rich mouthfeel leads to a sumptuous and long lingering finish with finesse. Tasted July 2021.

Technical Data

Variety     100% Viognier
Rootstock 101-14, RG
Vine Planted 1996
Soil  Shallow (<45 cm) well drained sandy, gravelly soil developed from stony alluvium.
Planting Density   5,500 vines/ha
Production 3t/ha
Alcohol 13%
Residual Sugar  <1 g/l
Ageing Potential 7 years, but amazing in its youth
Bottles Produced 1,674