Our Select Vineyards "Chalk Ridge" Hawkes Bay Viognier 2011 has come in at the top of the latest Cuisine tasting! It's the second year in a row that Coopers Creek has led the Viognier tasting; in 2012 our Gisborne 2010 was the judge’s favourite. The light, sweet fragrances together with spicy oak and mineral notes set the tone. That lightness segues on to the palate, where subtle lime meringue flavours emerge. A layer of biscuity oak plays a valuable support role, tempering the lively, high-spirited fruit.
The Chalk Ridge vineyard is so called because its soils are rich in limestone- shades of Burgundy. The wines produced here could only be described as Hawkes Bay classics. Winemaker Simon Nunns says, “The fact that this wine came from 2011 is not an easy vintage which shows you how special the vineyard is. It’s all about the absence of acids. It’s not Sauvignon Blanc, it’s a low-acid grape and wine drinkers need to know it’s the opposite of what they usually drink.
It is available now from our cellar door and your favourite fine wine store.