Saronsberg Viognier 2016.

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    Saronsberg Viognier 2016

    The wine has a light straw colour and flavours of honey, pear, apricot and delicate floral notes. It has a rich, silky palate with subtle spice and yellow fruit flavours, light oak and a balanced fresh finish.

    The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning, force-cooled to 4 °C and pressed whole-bunch. Only the first light pressings were used. The juice was settled at 5 °C for 48 hours and then racked. A 25% portion underwent wild fermentation and the balance were inoculated with Vin 13 and CY3079 yeast in one third each of first-, second- and third-fill 500 litre Allier French oak barrels, using three different coopers. Fermentation continued for on average 21 days, the temperature of fermentation ranging between 13 and 18 °C. The wine was aged on its fine lees and malolactic fermentation was prevented to preserve the finer flavours. After a total barrel maturation period of 11 months the wine was racked, protein stabilised and bottled with a fine sheet filtration.

    Main Variety : Viognier
    Alcohol : 13.38 vol %
    pH : 3.32
    RS : 3.5 g/l
    Total Acid : 6.6 g/l
    Volatile Acidity : 0.43 g/l

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    100% Viognier

    This wine is the ideal accompaniment to foods with subtle spicy aromas and flavours. Although it spent 16 months in oak we strive to produce a wine that is still lively and fresh with varied and delicate flavours, showcasing the subtleties and finesse that Viognier is capable of.

    Cultivar: Viognier
    Clones: VI 1, VI 642
    Age: 12 years
    Soil: Partially weathered shale as well as red/yellow clay-loam soils

    Harvest: 2nd an 3rd week of February 2016
    Yield: 5.6 ton/ha
    Balling: 23.2 °B
    pH: 3.28
    Total acid: 6.8g/l

    2015 Vintage
    Top 100 SA Double Platinum 2016; Grand Cru National ‘Best in Class’ at Top 100 SA 2016
    2014 Vintage
    SAWI – South Africa Wine Index Top Category Award Grand Gold Recipient
    Michelangelo Awards 2015 Double Gold
    2013 Vintage 
    Tim Atkin MW Report 2015 91; Michelangelo Awards 2015 Gold
    2012 Vintage
    Gold Michelangelo Wine Awards
    Top 100 SA Wine
    Grand Gold SAWi
    Gold Michelangelo Awards 2014
    2011 Vintage
    Trophy Taj Classic Wine Trophy
    2010 Vintage
    Trophy Classic Wine Trophy
    Top 100 SA Wine
    Gold Michelangelo Awards
    Gold International Wine Challenge
    2009 Vintage
    Gold Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

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