Gladstone Vineyard - Making premium wine, Wairarapa
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Gladstone Vineyard Viognier 2018

IN THE GLASS

A beautiful core of golden peach layered with fresh mandarin peel and orange blossom with wild bush honey, honey suckle and jasmine highlights. The generous round fruity palate delivers a nice acidity which balances the typical Viognier palate and gives length and elegance.

pH: 3.35, TA 5.0g/l, residual sugar: 1.9g/l, alcohol: 14.0%

IN THE WINERY

The fruit was hand-picked and gently pressed using a Champagne-style press cycle to give clarity and minimise phenolic extraction from the thick Viognier skins. The juice was cooled to 5°C and settled for 24 hours before racking and fermenting on a selection of cultured yeasts at 12°C to maximise fruit characteristics and add complex aroma notes. Thirty percent was fermented at a slightly warmer temperature in neutral barrels to add texture, weight and complexity.

IN THE VINEYARD

The Grapes were grown at Dakins Road and the Cliffs blocks. The vines are all under 2 cane VSP trellising and carefully managed to allow maximum air movement and 80% exposure to the sun. The Viognier grapes flourished in the hot summer days giving great fruit flavours while retaining nice acidity thanks to cooler nights.