2019 Mademoiselle V Viognier
Viognier is like a rather temperamental child. It’s been a challenging variety to grow and manage in the vineyard, it’s a tough variety to work out when to pick it due to it’s uneven ripening, and, despite it being a fantastically complex and flavoursome wine, it has been a challenge to sell it. Despite all of that, we love this variety dearly for it’s generosity of flavours and it’s ability to match with a wide range of foods, including chilli and thai based dishes.
The grapes are handpicked and crushed at our winery into an open topped fermenter for an extended period of skin contact to extract more flavours and tannins from the grape skins. A few hours later, the must is pressed through our basket press, then chilled slightly. The cloudy juice is fermented initially in tank using wild yeast. Halfway through ferment, the ferment iss transferred into older French oak barrels, a 500L puncheon and 300L hogshead. The wine ferments through to dryness in barrels with a cultured yeast and is lightly sulphured once dry. Similar to our Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, the Viognier remains on it’s yeast lees for 12 months with the lees being stirring as required until bottling.
Our 2019 Viognier is a wine of great intensity and opulence. Aromas of fresh apricot, ginger, musk, white peach and pear, are mixed with powerful lingering flavours of pineapple, and marmalade on the palate. The maturation time in barrels and on yeast lees has given the wine extra complexity and a mouth filling, creamy texture. A crisp acidity level, balances a fine elegant tannin structure.
We love Viognier for it’s generosity of flavours and it’s ability to match with a wide range of foods, including dishes with spicy, chilli and thai flavours. Warning, you may fall in love with it too!
Vintage in the Geographe Wine and the Margaret River regions was delayed due to relatively mild to warm day time and cool night time temperatures for Summer and into early Autumn. The extended ripening time was a benefit though, producing Viognier grapes which were quite exceptional, intense flavours.
We have 3 rows of viognier which produce about 1 to 2 tonnes of grapes. The vines were planted in 2005.
The grapes are Estate grown in our Whicher Ridge Vineyard, nestled in a hidden valley in the Whicher Range. Our vineyard is at an elevation of 170 metres above sea level. The vines are planted in ancient gravelly ironstone hillside plantings, and the cool winds at night coming off the Southern Ocean during summer, give rise to wines of intensity and finesse.
Fig, lemon thyme, Jerusalem artichoke, cilantro, carrots, sweet onion, sweet peppers, corn, pumpkin, pear, marjoram, ginger, chillies, lemon, lychee, rhubarb
Redtail is a wine which we are particularly proud of. It is a uniquely Australian sparkling wine style! Ours is a blend of Shiraz and Viognier, and we have named it after the small flocks of endangered Redtail Forest black cockatoos that visit our farm regularly during summer.
2016 Long Road Shiraz
After making truly wonderful shiraz wines in the Barossa Valley, some of the most interesting and complex shiraz wines that we were tasting in Western Australia were from the Frankland River sub-region of the Great Southern wine region. So, naturally, we had to make one!
A blanc de blanc sparkling made from chardonnay. The secondary ferment occurs in the bottle, which is when the magic happens and those glorious fine beads of bubbles are created. Whitetail is named after the endangered Whitetail Black Cockatoos who regularly visit our farm.