Sutherland Viognier / Roussanne 2012

This blend exhibits the pretty floral characters and sun ripened apricots so typical of a Viognier and Roussanne blend. Ripe summer fruit flavours and good acidity are complimented by this wine's excellent texture and complexity; a prefect accompaniment to mildly spicy dishes.

Maturation

Will keep improving for three years from vintage.

Food Pairing

Lends itself to spicy foods such as Thai cuisine.

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Tasting Notes

Varietal Viognier / Roussanne
Root stock 101-14
Soil type Tukulu / Glenrosa
Age of vines Planted 2005, 2006
Plant density 2500 vines/ha
Trellising 7 wire Perold with moveable foliage wires
Pruning Spur
Yield Viognier 15 t/ha / Roussanne 10.3 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage Moderate to Warm, windy season resulting in elegant, balanced white wines
Picking date 16 February 2011 (Viognier) & 4 March 2011 (Roussanne)
Grape sugar 22.5 °B (Viognier) & 24.5 °B (Roussanne)
Acidity 4.95 g/l (Viognier) & 5.43 g/l (Roussanne)
pH at harvest 3.40 (Viognier) / 3.41 (Roussanne)
Yeasts VL2 / D522
Fermentation temp 15 °C
Method Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel. Aged for 10 months on gross lees with the lees being stirred every fortnight. Fermented and matured in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.
Residual sugar 4.4 g/l
pH 3.15
Total acid 6.2 g/l
Alcohol 14.43%
Blend 89% Viognier 11% Roussanne
Maturation 2014 - 2019
Production 3437 bottles

This blend exhibits the pretty floral characters and sun ripened apricots so typical of a Viognier and Roussanne blend. Ripe summer fruit flavours and good acidity are complimented by this wine’s excellent texture and complexity; a prefect accompaniment to mildly spicy dishes.

All vintages:

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009