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Gimblett Gravels Marsanne Viognier 2019

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

58% Marsanne, 42% Viognier

Harvest Detail

27 March-3 April

Bottling Detail

Alc/Vol: 14.0%

TA: 4.1 g/L

pH: 3.73

RS: 0.86 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. 2019 was a very warm, dry season, ideal conditions for grape growing.

Hand-harvested fruit was gently whole-bunch pressed and immediately transferred to barrel. Indigenous fermentation and malolactic fermentation took place in a range of aged 228-litre French oak barriques. After aging on yeast lees for 10 months, the wine was blended and returned to 500-litre French oak puncheons for further ageing before being re-blended and bottled in November and December 2020 respectively. While barrel fermentation, malolactic fermentation and lees aging adds richness and complexity, 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 voluptuous mouthfeel. Marsanne provides gentle honeysuckle flavours plus structure and tension to balance the richness of Viognier. The exotic and sensual nature of this wine makes it an ideal substitute for Chardonnay or Pinot Gris. The result is a versatile wine for food matching. Recommendations include various Asian-style dishes.

Drink 2020 to 2025.

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