Ridgeback Viognier 2018
By Christian Eedes, 11 December 2019
“Restrained Viognier” is generally a contradiction in terms but the 2018 from Ridgeback in Agter Paarl just about manages to be that. Matured for nine months in French, Hungarian and Russian oak barrels, of which 16% was new, the nose shows yellow peach, orange and pineapple plus a little waxy complexity. The palate, meanwhile, is pleasantly thick textured with sweet fruit and tangy acidity (alcohol: 13.5%). It’s well handled and not as overblown as other examples often are. Price: R130 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
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