Viognier originated in the Northern Rhône and in the last ten years has been increasingly planted in the Southern Rhône and the Languedoc. It is notoriously difficult to grow and must be picked at optimum ripeness. It is most successfully grown in the appellations of Château-Grillet and Condrieu. Despite its challenging nature, vine growers in northern California and cool regions of Chile and Australia have been able to produce some excellent examples. The trademark aromas and flavours of viognier wines include apricots, peaches, blossom and violets.
Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer
The Riesling component is now dominant with a notably fragrant nose, ample body and luscious finish. Best described as a kaleidoscope of flavours with a solid Chardonnay structure. Bright fruits and repeated flavours of pear, plum, apricot, custard apple and gooseberry.
Clos de Gat Chanson Blanc 2015
On the nose, an explosion of intensely fresh and pure citrus-floral aromas with hints of exotic fruits. Perfect balance on the palate; rich, aromatic and very refreshing.
Creative Block 2012
Savoury and perfumed with violets and coriander spice. Elegant plummy fruit with a wild fennel undertone. A silky mouthfeel, chewy soft tannins and a long finish.
Los Coches Viognier
Classic Viognier character of apricots, peaches, hints of pears and blossom. Full on the palate but with a lively citrusy character.
Wide River Viognier
An intense nose of apricots and citrus is followed by orange peel flavours against a rich, silky background.