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"Chalk Ridge" Hawkes Bay Viognier 2009 BIN ENDS SPECIAL
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"Chalk Ridge" Hawkes Bay Viognier 2009 BIN ENDS SPECIAL

BIN ENDS SPECIAL Silver Medal, Bragato. 4 Stars – Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide 2012. "Rich and opulent, the nose is gorgeously aromatic showing apricot, floral and tropical fruit notes with subtle spice characters. The palate is concentrated and beautifully weighted with silky texture and an impressively expanding finish. Generously flavoured yet nicely structured with balanced acidity, and the wine is very, very tasty.” Five Stars, Wine Orbit
Winemakers Notes
The fruit for this wine is sourced from the Chalk Ridge block just to the south of Havelock North. It is so named due to the amount of fractured limestone in the soil profile. It is a very steep vineyard and is very difficult to work (too steep for a tractor, so we had to purchase a crawler). The vineyard faces due north and is very warm during the day. The block is always hand-harvested. The fruit was whole bunch pressed and commenced ferment in tank. The juice was then run off to oak (new and seasoned French oak) to complete fermentation and for maturation. The wine came out of oak after ten months, was stabilised and bottled.
 
Analysis
Alc 13.5%
Acid 5.9g/L
Res sugar 3.8g/L
pH 3.55

Tasting Notes
Colour: Very pale in the glass at bottling, but we expect that this wine will pick up pale gold tints with time. Massive tears on the glass indicate a wine of considerable body and richness.
Bouquet: Very typical Viognier aromas of peach and apricot blossom and ripe stonefruit. Along with this there is a degree of complexity that we seldom see in New Zealand wines. We use the wines of Condrieu as our benchmark for this variety and aromatically this wine is trending in that direction.
Palate: This is a big rich wine. Like all good Viognier, the palate is very broad and very long. There is a strong core of fruit sweetness running all the way through the wine.

Cellaring
Viognier does not seem to require long cellaring. We expect that this wine will drink well on release and into the medium term.
 
Food Matches
Rich, weighty and complex it is a great match to white meats and salads.
 
Suggested wine list description
A dry white wine, which exhibits typical Viognier aromas of peach and apricot blossom and ripe stone fruit. A big rich wine full of fruit sweetness delivering a long and satisfying finish.
 
Independent Reviewer’s Comment
“Rich and opulent, the nose is gorgeously aromatic showing apricot, floral and tropical fruit notes with subtle spice characters. The palate is concentrated and beautifully weighted with silky texture and an impressively expanding finish. Generously flavoured yet nicely structured with balanced acidity, and the wine is very, very tasty.” SK

Awards
Five Stars Wine Orbit 2011
Silver Medal Bragato Wine Awards 2010
Four Stars Raymond Chan, February 2011
 

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