Originating from the Rhone Valley in France, Viognier (pronounced Vee-on-yay) is relatively new to New Zealand with 75% of the vines grown in the Hawkes Bay and Gisborne wine regions. Viognier is an aromatic grape variety and is a remarkably difficult grape to grow. Viognier grapes have naturally low acidity and require a great deal of sunshine to ripen properly.

Viognier is known for producing textural white wines with strong stone-fruit flavours of peaches, pears and apricots. Its scented floral aromas of lavender and pollen make it a great food match with Asian pork and chicken cuisines.

Viognier has the most amazing clear, golden colouring and are intended to be consumed at a younger age.

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Askerne Estate Viognier 2016

$23.00 $20.70

A bold and rich Hawke’s Bay Viognier in a barrel fermented style. Fruit notes of apricot and ripe citrus are to the fore with complex notes of vanilla and toast also present. The palate is very broad and dry with apricot and almond flavours. The finish is very long and pure with excellent balance.

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Cable Bay Waiheke Island Viognier 2017

$35.00 $33.25

Bush honey, apricot, spicy orange zest, lemonade and elderflower aromatics combine to form a rich, delightful nose. The use of French Acacia and Oak barrels, coupled with ageing on yeast lees, has imparted an extra dimension to the flavour profile of this wine; lovely texture with spicy complexity, juicy fruit and balancing acidity. Grape skin contact before pressing has created its heartening phenolic structure. A softhearted golden girl with unwavering backbone. Never one to be content in the background, she is quick witted and overflowing with personality. Enjoy with goat cheese tortellini with smokey bacon lardons and parmesan. Enjoyable upon release this wine will reward cellaring of a further 3 years.

4 STARS – Bob Cambell, July 2018

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Millton Riverpoint Viognier 2016

$27.00 $24.30

A haunting wine with bristling delicacy, buoyed by a noted mineral edge. Poached pear and warm croissant give a spiced and sappy appeal. The salinity sings the proximity of the vineyard to its maritime environment.

4 STARS – Michael Cooper’s Buyer’ Guide to New Zealand Wines, 2017

92/100 – James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, 2017

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Obsidian Reserve Viognier 2012

$46.00 $41.40

Vibrant straw with green hues. The wine displays classic varietal characters of honey suckle, apricot and white peach. The palate is well structured and textural with generous sweet fruits and a complex lingering finish.