Wairau River Reserve Viognier 2020

Country
New Zealand
Region
Marlborough
Producer
Wairau River Wines
Grape(s)
Viognier (100%)
Type
White
Style
Luxurious
Oaked Style
Lightly oaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content
14%
Closure Style
Screw Cap
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Sustainable
Yes-certified sustainable
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
No
Vegan
No
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
No
Egg
No

Region

The northern tip of South Island has become New Zealand`s most important wine region since sheep farming and cherry orchards were first replaced with vineyard in the 1970s. Much of the land is alluvial river basin with well-drained soils that provide an ideal environment for pungent, grassy Sauvignon Blanc. Pinot Noir from the more suitable clay slopes and Pinot Gris are also proving world-beaters.

Producer

Wairau River wines take their name from the river that runs through the heart of the Marlborough wine region. (Wairau is Maori for `many waters`). The Rose family were pioneers in planting vines in the 1970`s and after originally selling the grapes to other wineries (like Cloudy Bay) they launched their own label in the early 1990`s. Today their foresight has created a very successful company which remains family owned and run. Wairau River is one of the largest independent wine estates in Marlborough, and the range of elegant wines is characteristically expressive of its Marlborough roots.
Tasting Notes
Produced from Sam Rose`s own vineyard on the banks of the Wairau river, this rich Viognier has a subtle yet complex nose with aromas of apricots and lime marmalade. Only 10% of this wine was aged in french barriques to give a slightly fuller and luxurious texture. These characters translate generously onto the palate and are complemented by a rich soft texture. Made in a dry style with fleshy fruit and balancing acidity.
Food
Match with asparagus, grilled vegetables, Maroccan chicken tagine, duck with orange sauce, pad Thai noodles or seared scallops.