2005 Heartland Viognier Pinot Gris
Made from a blend of 78% Viognier and 22% Pinot Gris, both varieties were vinified separately, with three harvest dates of the components to provide added complexity. The Viognier (two separate harvest dates) was crushed, chilled and pressed immediately, the Pinot Gris allowed a short period of skin contact to enhance the palate structure. Cool ferment (8-14 degrees) in stainless steel was followed by lees stirring and cold stabilisation.
A combination that works very well. Bright straw colour with pale straw hue. The nose is impressive with lifted notes of apricot, pear and spice. The palate reveals a creamy texture with excellent weight and mouthfeel. Mouthfilling flavours of tropical fruit, ripe apricot and pear. Spicy aftertaste.
Cellar 2-3 years (2007-2008)