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Gimblett Gravels Marsanne Viognier 2018

Distinct honeysuckle, citrus blossom and jasmine dominate the aromatics. The rich, full and slippery texture is the endearing feature of this varietal mix. The exotic and sensual nature of this wine makes it a great substitute for Chardonnay or Pinot Gris. Food matching recommendations include various Asian-style dishes.



Region: Hawke’s Bay, NZ

Vineyard Appellation: Gimblett Gravels

Varietal Mix

55% Marsanne, 45% Viognier

Harvest Detail

16th March 2018 – 13th April 2018

Bottling Detail

53% Marsanne, 47% Viognier

Alc/Vol: 13.5%

TA: 5.6 g/L

pH: 3.61

RS: 2.18 g/L

Winemaking and Viticulture

The Gimblett Gavels winegrowing area is a small sub-region in the Hawke’s Bay of New Zealand defined by a very unique stony soil type. 2018 was a very warm early season in Hawkes Bay with a cooler, more humid late summer and autumn.

Hand-harvested fruit was gently whole-bunch pressed and then immediately transferred to barrel. The indigenous fermentation took place in a range of aged French oak barrels. After aging on yeast lees in barrel for 12 months including malolactic fermentation, the wine was blended and then bottled in July, 2019. Barrel fermentation and lees aging is to aid in richness and complexity, however, no obvious oak character is sought.

The Wine

Marsanne and Viognier are the traditional white varieties found in the Rhone Valley of France. Viognier typically provides exotic aromatics of apricot, musk and jasmine and a slippery mouth-feel. Marsanne provides gentle honeysuckle flavours plus structure and tension to balance the obvious fruit of Viognier. The exotic and sensual nature of this wine makes it a great substitute for Chardonnay or Pinot Gris. The result is a versatile wine for food matching. Recommendations include various Asian-style dishes.

Drink 2019 to 2022

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