Lismore 'The Age of Grace', Viognier 2017

Lismore 'The Age of Grace', Viognier 2017

27.50

This expressive Viognier seduces you with the beautiful perfume of honeysuckle and orange blossom and a textured palate of apricot, kiwi and pineapple. A sensual and exotic experience.

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Vintage - 2017

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Viognier 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Californian Samantha O'Keefe has found paradise and the perfect terroir. Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa, Lismore Estate Vineyards was born alongside her nascent family. A passionate vision, combined with vines planted at 300 metres, which are chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produces classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted.

The 2017 vintage saw hot, dry weather conditions throughout the vintage, which helped to reduce disease pressure. However the cooler nights helped to lengthen the ripening period and retain balancing acidity. The vines were healthy and produced smaller yields of concentrated berries delivering excellent varietal characteristics.

This Viognier is a reflection of Samantha's obsession with how the special soil, climate and a mysterious sense of place come together to produce an extraordinary wine that tells you its story. The vines are grown on rose-quartz soils in Elgin, which is a cool, high altitude plateau. The region offers a lengthened ripening period which brings the grapes late into season- often three to four weeks later than traditional wine growing areas in South Africa. This provides the opportunity to develop deep complexity and concentration.

The grapes were picked and whole bunch pressed, slowly extracting the juice at a rate of 550 litres per tonne. The juice was settled for 48 hours and was racked into a combination of seasoned 225 litre Burgundian barrels and three new 500 litre oak casks, for barrel fermentation and maturation. The wine was left on the lees for six months, with regular "bâtonnage" (lees stirring) for the first two months.

This expressive Viognier seduces you with the beautiful perfume of honeysuckle and orange blossom and a textured palate of apricot, kiwi and pineapple. Suited best to Asian inspired cuisine; lamb tagines with apricots; or rich shellfish dishes such as seared scallops or grilled lobster.