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West Cape Howe 'Great Southern' Viognier

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Viognier is one of those white grape styles that continue to need help in order for people to understand just how versatile this variety is with or without food. ‘Vee-on-yay’ is the way it’s pronounced and one winery doing interesting things is West Cape Howe. It’s lifted in apricot and vital stone fruit aromas, which translate onto the palate with a rich mouthfeel, some gentle spice and a clean finish. Perfect to serve with rich, roast pork or creamy chicken dishes.

Winemaker's Notes

Pale to mid straw, good clarity.

A highly aromatic wine showing an interesting complexity on the nose, fresh ripe apricots and stone fruits.

The apricot and stone fruit are evident on the palate which has good weight and a lovely rich viscosity. Vibrant fruit characters give the mid palate texture, with a spicy tang gives the wine good length and a clean finish.

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West Cape Howe 'Great Southern' Viognier

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A fragrant bouquet of apricot and orange blossom; pleasing mouthfeel from a generous mid-palate followed by cleansing acidity on the finish. Better than many.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Vibrant white peach and apricot aromas and flavours, with attractive acidity on the finish; a superior example.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Intensely fragrant aromas of apricot and gingerbread; a richly textured palate with a touch of almost inevitable phenolics. Has a back label which tells the truth.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Ken Gargett (2004 Vintage) says
Picture your self in a boat on a river I Tangerine fields.. No, rewind. Picture yourself in an orchard full of apricots somewhere in the south of France; you take a bite of a big ripe apricot and the juice dribbles down your chin. You can spend thousands on flights and accommodation (and the fines for trespassing in the orchard) or you can invest in a bottle of this. The effect is pretty much the same.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2006 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Nice flavour; shows some soft pastille varietal character; on the light side, but not forced, and well balanced.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Aromas of honeysuckle and a hint of French oak; mouthfilling and rich, with plenty of varietal flavour; phenolics well handled. Impressive.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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