Domaine de Pennautier Cabardès Viognier 2014 $21.99

The historic Château de Pennautier in the heart of the Carbardès appellation, was built by Bernard de Pennautier, Treasurer of the States of Languedoc under Louis XIII and has been in the Logeril family since 1620. This weighty yet fresh, citrus oil scented viognier is grown on the sun-soaked hillsides of the Montagne Noire which […]

Brookfields Indulgence Hawke’s Bay Botrytis Viognier 2016 $25 (5 stars)

Viognier (vee-yon-yay) made into a dessert wine is rare occurrence, yet Peter Robertson at Brookfields is the master and commander of the style. Scented with jasmine and citrus oils, followed by toffee and marmalade intensity on the nose and palate, caramelized mixed peel flavours and the most luxuriously sweet, tangy finish, I give it 6 […]

The Hunting Lodge Gisborne Marsanne Viognier 2016 $25

This is a classic Rhone blend of two key varieties that are very tricky to get right, yet the Hunting Lodge kids have cracked it. Incredibly tasty and a total floral-fest on the nose, I love its apricot and jasmine notes, mandarin pith and lemony loveliness. Zesty acidity, incredible texture and deliciously pure, white fruits […]

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 […]

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