Marlborough Viognier 2014
Our distinctive hillside vineyard above the Waihopai Valley was planted in 2000 with a European approach, close vine spacing and high density (approx. 5,000/ha). We manage the vineyard according to principles of biodynamics and organics. 2014 was an excellent growing season, delivering us a good balanced crop of well set bunches. It was a warm growing season with relatively warm nights; conditions which really suit the warm climate origins of viognier, helping bring out the very floral and aromatic intensity. Fruit was hand picked in a very clean state with good natural sugar levels and fantastic balancing acidity. The block cropped at 5.7T/ha or about 37hl/ha.
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Fruit was whole bunch pressed and allowed to settle for 24 hours. The delicate slightly milky juice was then fermented in new and used demi muids (600l) barrels. It was aged on lees for 11 month’s settling and stabilising naturally. Our viognier was bottled in March 2015.
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Wonderful white flower aromatics not unlike a flowering almond with a hint of fresh apricot. On the palate the Churton 2014 Viognier is dry with fresh apricot like fruit and a creamy texture. The finish has great citrus like acidity and fine length of flavour.