Georges Michel `La Reserve` Viognier 2010 (6 x 750mL), Marlborough, NZ.

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Overview

Basket pressed into barrels for fermentation and maturation and underwent natural malo-lactic fermentation. Finely textured and well balanced, this refreshing style of Viognier has purity, length and weight.

Region:
NZ - Marlborough
State:
Imported
Country:
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

“That familiar musky note is here along with subtle oak on the nose, the product of eight months in new and seasoned barrels, but the latter doesn’t dominate the scene here. Balanced with sun-soaked, fuzzy peach, the palate is brightened with a heady blend of honeysuckle and violets into a solid finish.” Monica Mead, WildTomato, March 2012

“100% Viognier basket pressed and barrel-fermented to 14.2% alc. and 0.25 g/L rs, the wine aged 8 months in new and seasoned oak, with 100% MLF. Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, pale on rim. The bouquet is light and a little shy, but showing classical Viognier exotic florals, apricots and citrus zest aromas, as well as musk and flinty elements. Dry and medium-bodied, precise and detailed flavours of apricots, ginger and musk build to fill the mouth with round textures, the acidity well-balanced lending a freshness and taut line. Some alcohol warmth and generosity is present, and the wine finishes with gentle musk and steely notes. This softly textured and balanced Viognier will be a match with Asian cuisine over the next 2-3+ years.” 17.0+/20 Mar 2012 Raymond Chan

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma/Palate

Eight months in new and seasoned oak barrels have produced a rich nose displaying subtle oak aromas which combine with the attractive lime and musky apricot fruit characters and finish with a long floral lift.

Cellaring

Drink now or cellar 4 to 6 years.

Medals & Trophies

Pure Silver Medal, Bragato Wine Awards 2011

Vintage
2010
Region
NZ - Marlborough
Grape Style
Viognier
Closure Type
Cork closure
Alcohol
14.2%

Winery Profile

Owned by French born entrepreneur Georges Michel, former owner of Chateau de Grandmont in Burgundy, Georges Michel Estate was established in 1997, when Georges discovered the potential of the Marlborough region for producing top quality New Zealand varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah and the internationally renowned Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Since then Georges Michel’s wines have been awarded numerous national and international Top Gold Awards in the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Georges Michel Estate is situated in the famous 'Golden Mile' area, which denotes a micro “terroir” renowned as the best in Marlborough for consistent production of fine fruit and intense flavours.

Swan Michel – Winemaker

Georges’ daughter, Swan, has headed the winemaking team since 2005. After gaining her degree in Viticulture and Oenology in Lincoln University, she went to France for the 2004 vintage at Chateau le Grand Verdus (Bordeaux) where she crafted the wines under the supervision of the world famous winemaker, Patrick Valette.

In 2005, after the vintage at the New Zealand family winery, Swan was part of the winemaking team at the famous Clos des Lambray (1er Cru – Burgundy – France) and in 2006, at the world famous Domaine Henri Bourgeois in Sancerre (France).

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