Single-variety Viognier has always been a tough nut to crack under local conditions but that hasn’t stopped Philip Costandius, winemaker and MD at Stellenbosch property Oldenburg Vineyards from trying.
The maiden 2015 vintage (R165 a bottle) was fermented and matured for 19 months in a 300-litre French and Hungarian oak barrels, 50% new, The nose shows a yeasty character intermingled with peach, orange and spice while the palate is rich and broad, rather creamy in texture, the acidity moderate. Entirely sound but you have to wonder if a more remarkable wine would ensue if Viognier was blended with the Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc also grown here.
Editor’s rating: 88/100.
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