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Babylonstoren Viognier 2014

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Pared down.
Pared down.

Paarl property Babylonstoren, with its hotel and spa, restaurants, formal gardens and shopping, is all set to be one of the premier upmarket winelands destinations. There must therefore be some pressure on winemaker Charl Coetzee to deliver suitably deluxe wines…

The Viognier 2014, featuring the winery’s trademark minimalist packaging, unfortunately does not set the heart aflutter.  Both nose and palate appear quite neutral – hints of citrus, peach and spice but you have to look really hard for these (apparently only “a small portion” matured for eight months in French oak). In terms of how it drinks, it’s rather stern with hard acidity and a particularly pithy finish. Not blowsy like Viognier often is but a bit joyless instead. Price: R108.

Score: 85/100.

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