Daughters of Odin and lovers of heroes, Valkyrie gather the souls of only the most worthy warriors slain on the field of battle for the afterlife, just as we have chosen this special single vineyard to produce our most precious Viognier.
- NZ - Other New Zealand
- New Zealand
Hand-picked fruit with a small portion of botrytis-affected material from the company's ‘Top Swamp Viognier' vineyard, WBP and barrel-fermented in 1 y.o. 500 L puncheons to 14.5% alc. and dryness, the wine aged 3 months in barrel on lees. Bright, light straw-golden colour, lighter on edge. The nose is soft and very fragrant with aromas of apricots, rose-petal florals and exotic spices, akin to Gewurztraminer. Dry to taste, powerful and rich flavours of spiced apricots and exotic florals are based on a smooth-textured, near unctuous, oily palate. Fine and crisp acid zing provides a linearity and along with noticeable alcohol power, the flavours are driven to a sustained finish with cut. The alcohol drive is on the edge, but there is plenty of fruit weight to carry it. This will develop over the next 3-4+ years. Rating 18.0+/20 Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz/ Oct 2012
Winery Tasting Notes
Exuberant aromas of apricots and vanilla lead into a luscious palate packed full of flavour power and concentration.
The minerality of this single vineyard wine shines through with a vibrancy and energy which belies its rather large 15% alcohol.
Made in the style of the famous wines of Condrieu there are additional layers of green apple and hazelnut to complement the stone fruit characters and luxurious richness.