Those are just a few descriptive words to give you a glimpse of Lourensford’s Limited Release Viognier – of which there are only a handful of single varietal wines bottled in South Africa.
As Michael Olivier, well known Cape wine and foodie describes Viognier, “If Viognier were a person, she would be my best friend’s sister. Blonde, curvaceous, with an air of beguiling perfume about her and an easy mixer in social circles!”
Lourensford’s Cellar Master Hannes Nel also describes this wine in feminine terms and fondly refers to it as a Lady of Spice. “There is so much happening on your pallet when you drink this wine. It is like imagining a belly dancer in a Bedouin tent in the dessert, dancing on your tongue,” says Hannes.
Except for the men getting poetic about this wine, it has enjoyed recognition all over the world. Over the last 3 vintages, Lourensford’s Viognier has achieved 2 x Double Golds at the Michelangelo Awards, the Top Wine at the SA Terroir awards and scored 90 and 91 points by Tim Atkin, well-known British wine judge.
This wine was 100% fermented in wood of which 39% was new and a split of 39% Hungarian oak and 61% French oak. The Hungarian oak contributes to the lingering mouth feel of the wine and it was aged for 11 months.
Hannes describes the wine as, “Perfumed with exotic aromas of jasmine, lavender, grapefruit and hints of dried apricot and white peach that balms the air before the full bodied character is slowly revealed and supported by a linear balanced acidity. On the pallet are white peach and quince flavours and traces of creamy lemon butter, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla with a flinty mineral finish.”
We recommend this wine with all things surrounding the orient such as Indian korma and other mild to medium aromatic curries, breyani, traditional South African bobotie and pickled fish. It has a particular affinity with rosemary, so much so that you could manipulate almost any dish by adding sufficient rosemary.
But best is to come and taste it for yourself! Available at Lourensford Tasting Room @ R135 per bottle.
For more information visit: www.lourensford.co.za