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Tasting Notes: A heady perfume of honeysuckle, mandarin orange and apricot with whiffs of fennel and white pepper. What Viognier is really all about though, is that textural magic. The wine is very weighty and unctuous on the palate but resolves back into a feather light, finely-focused finish. Kinda like a sumo wrestler that can dance a beautiful ballet.
Viognier will always be an exotic rarity in Niagara - it needs a very warm site in October to ripen properly. Our tiny, perfect Vio block at QRV was originally planted to service our flagship Broken Press Syrah/Viognier red wine, but we noticed very early on that the varietal wine was a stunner too.Year-in year-out those vines deliver the goods, and we can make another small batch of the ‘‘delicious impossibility’’ that is Viognier.
Awards & Ratings
Geographical Indication: St. David's Bench VQA, Ontario, Canada
Vineyard: Queenston Road Vineyard
Cases Produced: 154
Appearance: Clear, light yellow core, translucent rim.
Nose: Medium intensity with aromas of peach, nectarine, sweet citrus, and tropical fruit.
Palate: This wine is medium-bodied with medium acid. Stone fruits greet you on the palate and are rounded out with minerality and subtle toast notes from the oak aging.
Quality: This is a good quality wine although a more robust Viognier than usual. The typical light, floral notes of Viognier are replaced with more complex oak and mineral characteristics in this expression.
More Food Pairings: Chicken salad with peach or mango, chicken or lamb tagine with apricots, Thai yellow curry, creamy cheeses, and roasted root vegetables on the sweeter side such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash.