The grapes for this Signature Label were grown on the Ellis family vineyard situated on the ancient red Cambrian soils of the Colbinabbin range within the Heathcote wine growing region. This Viognier displays vibrant fruit aromas of apricot and spiciness carrying to a crisp, lingering palate. Forty percent of this wine was partially barrel fermented and matured in French oak barrels for 5 months adding to the aroma and texture of the palate. A wine that can be enjoyed by itself or with mildly spiced foods, it will improve with up to five years cellaring.
This wine displays typical varietal aromas and flavours of honeysuckle and apricots. The palate is textural and complex due to 40% oak barrel maturity. Drinking well now and will age for another few years.
This Vintage provided excellent growing conditions with good rain late in the season, fewer hot days led to delayed ripening of the fruit, and thus, created a more intense flavour for our Merindoc Viognier.
Long slow ripening allowed for full development of fruit flavours, producing complex wine with elegant almond blossom, stone fruit and citrus aromatics. The palate is generous and textured, following through with more fruit and spice.
The nose shows distinctive Viognier lift in the form of orange blossom, honeysuckle and ginger with some gun flint complexity from solids and barrel fermentation. The palate has intense varietal flavour with a creamy texture and well balanced acidity.