Saronsberg Viognier 2013

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 […]

June 23, 2015
by Christian
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Sutherland Viognier Roussanne 2011

The Viognier Roussane blend from Thelema’s Elgin vineyard called Sutherland first came to prominence when the 2009 vintage won gold at the 2011 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Current release is 2011 (R100 a bottle) and it’s again a particularly characterful wine. A blend of 79% Viognier and 21% Roussanne, it was fermented and matured […]

December 22, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Babylonstoren Viognier 2014

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 […]

December 22, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Fairview Nurok 2013

The drawback of Viognier is that for all its heady aromas, it can tend to be flabby on the palate. The Nurok 2013 from Fairview in Paarl sees the most Viognier used of the three vintages to date – 47% compared to 43% in the case of 2012 and 32% in the maiden 2011 and […]

November 4, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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The Fledge & Co. Vagabond XII

Although Vagabond 2012 from The Fledge & Co. was rejected by the Wine & Spirit Board on account of being turbid, I thought it was pretty smart. It’s a Calitzdorp Viognier matured for 15 months in old French oak from Leon Coetzee and Margaux Nel, also winemaker at Boplaas, the variety left off the label […]

November 11, 2013
by Christian
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KWV The Mentors Viognier 2011

The Mentors Viognier 2011 from KWV might not be as lush and full-bodied as some  but it’s no shrinking violet either (see previous tasting note here). What food to match with it? On Saturday, pork sausages from the redoubtable Gogo’s deli in Newlands and butternut risotto worked gangbusters – the wine echoing both the spice […]

July 9, 2012
by Christian
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Flagstone Word of Mouth Viognier 2008

A tasting of ten examples of Viognier, the line-up including wines that have come to the fore in one context or another as among the best in category. I reviewed the wines with James Pietersen, regular taster for Platter’s and beverage manager for Belthatzar and Balducci’s restaurants at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Using Riedel […]

April 28, 2011
by Christian
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Gabriëlskloof Viognier 2009

While I very much expect Maties to beat Ikeys as they duly did in last night’s Varsity Cup rugby match, I don’t expect to like Viognier. No, not even from Condrieu. Too much heady perfume, too much oak, too much alcohol. It had been asked of me to review the range of Gabriëlskloof and given […]

March 8, 2011
by Christian
with 4 Comments
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