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Ralph Fowler Viognier

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Made from that hard to pronounce grape variety that goes rather well with Shiraz, here is a great introduction to viognier for newbies to the variety, and good value too. It's a richer style showing trademark apricots and ginger spice on the nose, along with some florals. The palate is quite dry, opulent and full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a touch of drying tannins. It is good to go now or over the next 2-years.

Winemaker's Notes

Cool climate, complex and rich with good acidity. The gentle pressing avoids the bitterness to which the variety is prone. The aromas are intriguing with characters of honeysuckle, citrus blossom, ginger, musk and apricot. The flavour is rich and full with a textural quality from the firmness of the variety and the creamy or biscuity character of the yeast autolysis from the yeast work.

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Ralph Fowler Viognier

Expert Reviews

WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Spicy melon aromas lead to a complex tropical fruit palate showing good varietal expression.
Winestate 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Deep colour; a bit of struck match complexity, with straw and spiced apricot on the palate; rich and long.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Has developed some complexity to apricot and stone fruit flavours; good balance, and not phenolic.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Rich, ripe apricot, pear and honey floods the mouth without apparent alcohol heat; long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Dried apricot/apple/spice varietal fruit; good weight.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
87
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
85

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