The Family Company Gisborne Viognier 2015 $25

When art dealer Gene Walker married Gisborne-based clothes designer and café owner Chelsea Thorpe, little did he know that soon he’d be in business making wine with her dad.  The Family Company are now one of Gisborne’s most exciting producers, crafting viognier (vee-yon-yay) perfumed with apricots, cardamom, jasmine and orange oil and showing ripe peach […]

Goldie Reserve Waiheke Viognier 2015 $42

If you’ve never tasted viognier before, or whether you’re a seasoned pro, here’s a wine that you’ve got to try.  The tricky thing about growing viognier is the acidity can drop and become soapy – but that’s where Waiheke Island has an edge.  Constantly fanned by the seabreezes, the grapes don’t get a chance to […]

Millton Riverpoint Gisborne Viognier 2015 $26

Here’s a lovely mandarin-massaged viognier from the sun-soaked East Coast that you can really wrap your chops around.  Perfect to serve with salty, savoury dishes, this organic, biodynamically-grown wine oozes citrus oil, apricot kernel, grapefruit zest and reveals a clean, succulent mouthfeel and a ribbon-like mouthfeel. Sip with: paper thin slices of prosciutto www.millton.co.nz

Matavino Matakana Viognier 2015 $25 ★★★½

Matakana is like an El Dorado for rich, aromatic white wines – and this viognier is definitely in it’s happy place here.  Grown in Warkworth, the wine oozes sunshine and classic apricot kernel characters alongside hints of jasmine, ripe peach and a seam of sea salt.  I like the slippery, oily character of this wine […]

Yves Cuilleron Les Vignes d’à Côté Viognier 2014 $39 ★★★½

Intense orange oil, jasmine and apricot aromatics combine with crispy, crunchy acidity and a lovely lean, citrus spine.  Crafted from fruit sourced from the commune of Chavanay, there’s even a hint of salty minerality on the finish from this highly respected Rhone producer.  It’s an absolute star with prawns seared in herb butter.  www.glengarrywines.co.nz

Millton Les Arbres Clos de Ste Anne Gisborne Viognier 2013

Millton Les Arbres Clos de Ste Anne Gisborne Viognier 2013 $60 ★★★★★ Make no mistake; this is a wine you must try before you die. If you’re looking for the epitome of what can be achieved with viognier in this country then this is it. Deeply golden in the glass, this viognier socks you with […]

Church Road Reserve Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2010

Church Road Reserve Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2010 $40  I love the essence of orange oil, quince and wild flowers on the nose and the immediate burst of mandarin, apricot and soft spices in the mouth. Its lusciousness and mid-palate texture is absolutely divine and it’s a superb example of the style.  One glass is just […]

Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Viognier 2010

Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Viognier 2010 $14  Textbook viognier aromatics here – orange oil, apricot and mandarin peel, while in the mouth it’s ripe, rich and boasts a lush, oily finish.  It’s an in-your-face style with warming alcohol and good length of flavour – and is a great partner with sweet and sour […]

Millton Riverpoint Viognier 2010

Millton Riverpoint Viognier 2010 $28  Scented with yellow plum, orange oil and frangipane.  In the mouth it boasts citrus pith and musky, mid-palate seductiveness.  Topped off with tangy, warming length of flavour and a nicely balanced 13.5% alcohol, this is definitely a drinkable example that works beautifully with apricot and sage-stuffed pork roast.  www.millton.co.nz   Millton […]

Millton Clos de Ste. Anne Les Arbes Gisborne Viognier 2009

Millton Clos de Ste. Anne Les Arbes Gisborne Viognier 2009 $58   Yes it’s pricey but it’s oh so nicey!  Mandarin and tangelo notes with classic apricot kernel and cheek-tingling texture and orange oil unctuosity.  Delicious stuff from one of this country’s viognier pioneers, plus it’s organic and biodynamically produced so no doubt you’ll have […]

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