Aromas of tangerine, white peach, and lemon zest are balanced with hints of tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. On the palate, the wine is creamy with clean, well rounded acidity. The combination of rich mouthfeel with vibrant aromas make this wine difficult to set down.
100% of the fruit for this wine came from our Culloden Vineyard located in the Horse Heaven Hills. Fruit grown in the Horse Heaven Hills tends to have ample fruit development.
The 2021 vintage was warmer than average. We experienced extremely high temperatures in June and July. The crop was lighter than expected with smaller clusters and lower numbers of berries. Mid to late October brought a lot of rain which can lead to diluted sugars. Fortunately for us, we were able to bring in all the fruit before the rain. Our 2021 vintage is highly concentrated with light yields.
The Viognier was machine harvested in the early morning hours to allow the fruit to arrive at the winery cool. Once at the winery, the juice was gently pressed away from the grape skins. The freshly pressed juice was allowed to cold settle for 48 hours and then clean racked off the solids. Close to 50% of this wine was fermented in a clay amphorae. The clay amphorae adds to the round, creamy mouthfeel while preserving the great aromatics of the varietal. The remaining wine was fermented in stainless steel drums. The combination of stainless steel and amphorae with no malolactic fermentation results in a concentrated & creamy Viognier.