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C J Pask Gimblett Road Viognier

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Here’s a statistic to silence those know-it-all wine bores at your next dinner party. What popular wine variety was nearly extinct 40-odd years ago? With no other known plantings of Viognier outside France, the French Agricultural Census recorded there were only 14 hectares of the variety under vine in 1968. Today the plantings of this finicky white grape have spread around the globe, including the far flung Hawke's Bay region in New Zealand which has produced this floral scented, full bodied Viognier which has rich apricot flavours and a warm finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Hawke’s Bay Viognier, harvested in mid April and given a cool fermentation on low solids with some yeast lees contact prior to bottling in August. A fruit driven style of wine, complemented by partial barrel fermentation, tank fermentation and lees contact.

Colour: Light golden colour with green hues.

Aroma: Highly aromatic, with lifted, intense citrus, white peach and orange blossom. Light floral notes overlaying the fruit.

Palate: A more elegant, balanced style of Viognier which will develop in the bottle. Fresh melon fruits coupled with a mineral note describes this well rounded, ripe dry wine

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C J Pask Gimblett Road Viognier

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Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
This white from the stable of Gimblett Gravels pioneer Chris J Pask captures the essence of viognier in this release nicely. Stone fruits, apricot kernel, a flash of citrus, a touch of soft spice, stone and a waft of orange blossom. Balanced, lively and decidedly moreish; there is plenty to like here.
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WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Already drinking well, this Hawke's Bay wine is a fruit-driven style, handled without oak and fermented to dryness. Mouthfilling and smooth, it is sweet-fruited, with peach and nectarine flavours, fresh, lively and smooth.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011

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