The red wines from Saronsberg in Tulbagh might be barnstormers but the Viognier is emerging as a very smart wine. 40% of the current-release 2013 was made using spontaneous fermentation and the wine was matured for 16 months in 500-litre French oak barrels for 16 months, 30% new.
The wine shows citrus, pear and peach plus a subtle floral top note – it’s not nearly as heady as some. On the palate, pure fruit and lovely acidity – there’s a real verve about it while the finish is long and pithy. Price: R95 a bottle.