Bible Thumper - Viognier 2015
Released: September 2016
Bouquet: Guava, melon, banana, caramel, gooseberry, sweet oak and hints of grapefruit.
Palate: Guava and melon with vanilla oak and caramel finishing with lemon, cream and spice. Not true to varietal, but very heavenly!
Food Pairings: Chicken, pasta or pork with rich cream sauces; flavourful cheeses.
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The grapes were treated in two separate ways before heading to barrel for ferment: Half was destemmed into a stainless steel tank where the free run juice was collected and inoculated with yeast before being barreled down. The other half was destemmed into a bin for skin contact for 12 hours before being pressed, then the juice was settled, racked and inoculated before being barreled down. Both ferments carried on separately in barrel for a week, then aged on lees for 8 months with weekly batonnage occurring in the first 3 months only. The wine was then racked out of barrel, blended together and stored in barrels again for another month to let the different styles marry. The wine saw 100% French oak, half of which was 1st fill and half was 4th fill. None of the wine went through malolactic fermentation.
The sunshine and hot growing season of 2015 resulted in some unusual grape characteristics; the Viognier never developed its signature peach flavours. It was harvested on the 18th of Sept at 24 Brix from a single vineyard in Osoyoos. The atypical flavours alone allowed our winemaker to create a small-lot, high-end Revered Series wine.