Eagles’ Nest Viognier 2016
The tenth crop off thirteen year old vines in two north easterly facing vineyards on the farm. All grapes were carefully hand-picked and transported to the cellar where they were cooled overnight in a specialised cooling room to 5ºC. The following morning the whole bunches were placed in a pneumatic bag press and gently pressed recovering about 60%. The juice settled overnight in a stainless steel tank, after which only the premium clear juice was racked off to 30% first fill 500L barrels 30 % second and 40% third fill French oak barrels. The fermentation temperatures were relatively low, peaking at 18ºC. During the wine’s maturation in barrel, it received a fortnightly battonage and topping up. After 7 months maturation the barrels were blended together and the wine was allowed to harmonize before being bottled.
As a result of the incorporation of some new (500L) barrels, this wine is slightly bolder than its predecessors. The nose shows enticing aromas of fresh ripe mandarin skin, orange blossom and white pear. When allowed to stand in the glass beautiful perfumed notes of jasmine flower emerge (classically identifying it as Eagles Nest.) A fresh, rich mouth filling palate, quince preserve like characters and tell-tale Viognier spices entice and engage the senses. Positive freshness (suggest longevity) coupled with even handed wooding ensure a crisp clean finish and lingering after taste. Enjoy now or to 2023.
Alcohol: 13.0 vol % Sugar: 1.6 g/l TA: 6.1 g/l PH: 3.56