Medium bodied with classic Viognier aromas; bright expressive gardenia, white flowers, apricot jam, peaches and nectarine additional aromas of fennel with a hint of anise. Palate confirms aromatics being rich, viscous and luscious predominated by honeysuckle, yellow apple and peaches. The acidity has a profound impact that helps balance the alcohol and restrains the richness and a crispness to the finish. Fennel notes moderate the stone fruit from being too prominent.This Viognier bursts with Meyer lemon, honeysuckle, orange blossom, white peach, lemon verbena and chalky minerals. One the palate, enveloping stone fruits, lemon pith, tart peach skins, fresh herbs with a finish of golden delicious apples.
Vineyard: Domaine Artefact Willow blocks 2, 3 and Blackbird block
Harvest: 1, 15 and 29 September 2018
Harvest Brix: 23.5, 24.6 and 26.2 respectively
Winemaking: all three blocks were picked early in the mornings and were whole cluster pressed, sent to stainless steel tanks where they were chilled to aid the separation of the juice from the solids. The second and third harvests were then racked to the stainless-steel tank that was fermenting. Fermentation temperatures were kept at 58-60 oF and total fermentation time was seven weeks. Racked off gross lees, the fine lees were stirred for seven weeks to produce more viscosity/texture.
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