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Viognier

A variety that has become quite fashionable in recent years. A far cry from forty or so years ago when it covered just a few sites in the northern Rhône, most notably Condrieu and Château Grillet. It is now grown quite extensively throughout the Languédoc and is also produced in North America and with some success on Australia and South Africa. There are a few examples from South America too.

Characteristics: The wines are often quite viscous and the aroma can be very intense with apricots and peaches coming to the fore. The acidity is generally quite low which often recommends the wines for early drinking whilst their delicate flavours remain fresh. Condrieu and some of the other northern Rhône examples have a strange habit of being enjoyable in their youth or with some age yet going through a disagreeable middle age.

Where is it found? Rhône, Languédoc, Australia, South Africa, South America and California.

Wines associated: Condrieu

Food matches: Chicken, delicately flavoured fish, aperitif

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Beret Noir 2012
Beret Noir 2012
85/100 (Wine Spectator 2015)
AOC Saint Mont, South West France

"Boasting crisp acidity and a plump texture, this medium-bodied red shows dark cherry, muddled plum and blackberry fruit, with sweet spice and floral accents.

Lightly grippy tannins match with herb and mineral details on the finish. Drink now"


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Cool Climate Riesling, Eden Valley, NSW, Australia
Cool Climate Riesling, Eden Valley, NSW, Australia
Westend Estate Cool Climate Riesling leaps out of the glass and develops with intensity showing concentrated lime juice flavours, lemons and hints of underlying spice. A beautifully fresh and lively palate exhibits textured layers of that are tightly bound by a backbone of lime zest.

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