Mary le Bow Viognier 2019
By Christian Eedes, 13 November 2020
Bruce Jack has made a red blend under the Mary le Bow label going back some time and this is now joined by the Viognier 2019.
Consisting of 85% Viognier from a 2004 vineyard farmed by the Frater family outside Ashton plus 15% Chenin Blanc from a Stellenbosch vineyard in 1978, vinifcation involved fermentation and maturation lasting five months in barrel, mostly old French but also some American.
The nose shows pear, peach, citrus some waxy character, a little earthiness plus vanilla. The palate is marked by good fruit expression, bright acidity and a pithy finish. It’s not without weight and full of flavour – a pretty tidy example of a variety that’s too often rather blowsy. Price: R180 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
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