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Whicher Ridge Viognier, Geographe, WA

Whicher Ridge Viognier, Geographe, WA [©Whicher Ridge]

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Whicher Ridge is near Busseltown, on the doorstep of Margaret River in Western Australia. Here Cathy and Neil Howard use their combined 45 years experience in grape-growing and winemaking to create small quantities of single variety, single vineyard, single region wines.

 The wines are made from grapes sourced from three wine regions: Margaret River, Frankland River and Geographe, and are available for tasting at the friendly cellar door. Visitors can also enjoy the remarkable wine sensory garden.

In the 2015 James Halliday Wine Companion Whicher Ridge was awarded five stars and also named as one of the ten Dark Horse wineries.

Here's winemaking and tasting notes for their Geographe Viognier:

Winemaking notes

The grapes are estate grown on the Odyssey Creek Vineyard at Chapman Hill in the heart of the Whicher Range. Chapman Hill’s cool to mild climate provides ideal conditions for great viognier to be grown. The gravelly loam soils and rocky ironstone terrain delivers distinctively varietal viognier that is unique to the area.

The grapes were handpicked and gently basket-pressed at the winery just a few hours later. The juice was cold settled, then roughly racked, carrying across most of the lighter solids for ferment. The juice was fermented through to dryness holding the temperature around 14.5 to 15.5oC to preserve the ripe apricot, fragrant musk and ginger flavours characteristic of the variety.

The wine remained on yeast lees for 12 to 14 months, with 40 to 50% being matured in older French oak barrels on lees, for part of that time. No fining was required prior to bottling.

Similar to the Whicher Ridge Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, this wine remained on yeast lees for 12 months, with 50% being matured in French oak barrels for that time.

Tasting notes

The 2013 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.

Alc/vol: 14.1%

RRP A$29.00 (direct from Whicher Ridge)

Food matching suggestions: Thai chicken and vegetable dishes; Indian curry dishes – butter chicken, Tandoori chicken; Thai beef salad; seafood – grilled or steamed fish fillets marinated in ginger, lemon and black pepper; prawns accompanied by spicy mayonnaise, or cocktail sauce; chilli mussels; roast pork shoulder with coriander and fennel seeds.

Read more about Whicher Ridge here »

Whicher Ridge also has an intrguing Wine Sensory Garden »

See links below for other Whicher Ridge tasting notes. 


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