Marlborough Viognier 2013
Churton’s exceptional hillside vineyard above the Waihopai Valley was first 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. 2013 was a small yield of 45hl/ha of excellent quality fruit. The growing season was a little cooler than normal but was bright and sunny right through to harvest. Fruit was 100% hand picked at good ripeness levels but with higher acidity than normal.
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Perfect fruit that was hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was settled for 12 hours only then racked to 600 Litre French Oak Demi-Muids 50% new. After a long slow fermentation the wine was aged in barrel for 11 months. Following a light clarification it was bottled in March 2014.
|Titratable Acidity||7.4 g/l|
|Residual grape sugar||1.2 g/l (bone dry)|
Intensely aromatic orange blossom and sandalwood combines with a weighty palate of creamy texture, white peach and wonderful citrus, cumquat type crispness and fine length.