Marlborough Viognier 2010
All fruit for the 2010 Churton Viognier came from our own vineyard. The elevated site, situated on a rolling North east facing hill above the Waihopai and Omaka valleys is close planted at 4630 vines/ha as opposed to the conventional 2000 vines/hectare. This along with the clay soil and consequent very little need of irrigation and our biodynamic management philosophy helps us produce wonderful quality fruit with great depth and individuality.
2010 was the first vintage for our small block of Viognier. It was a very good growing season. A cool spring gave a small amount of fruit. This was followed by a warm, cool but dry summer. This gave us sufficient vegetative growth but restricted the bunch and berry size. The young vines were thinned down to 5 bunches per vine where necessary but very little other vine control was necessary. The vines were well balanced all season. The harvest was a scorcher, with long dry days terminating in an endless warm dry autumn. The Viognier ripened in early April though flavour development lagged behind sugar accumulation resulting in us picking very ripe fruit at 25 Brix but with some real intensity of aroma and excellent acid balance.
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Viognier 2010 Fact Sheet (pdf)
All the fruit was hand picked and whole bunch pressed resulting in beautiful limpid juice with great aroma. After a very short settling period of 18 hours the juice was racked to one new French Demi Muid (600I barrel) and two 228litre used French oak barrels. After a relatively slow, due to the high potential alcohol, but warm ferment the wine eventually stopped naturally with some residual sugar. It was aged on lees for 10 months and then bottled without stabilisation and with only light filtration.
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This is a perfumed wine with very aromatic, apricot nectarine fruit aromas and strong winter sweet floral characteristics. A touch of nutty savouriness and creamy palate is contributed by the new oak component. The palate is off dry with aromatic apricot fruit and that creaminess leading through to a wonderful savoury slightly toasted finish with clean crisp acidity. A complex and subtle wine showing great texture.