Oldenburg Vineyards Viognier 2016, a fine partner to Nadia Graves’s Perfect Roast Chicken – 08.12.2017

Oldenburg Vineyards Viognier 2016

Oldenburg Vineyards has the most perfect situation, high up in the Banghoek Valley, looking down over the valley down to Groot Drakenstein and to the horizon.  In the middle of this small wine estate is a little hillock called Rondekop, which with its ferricrete soils which affects so much the flavours in the grapes which grow on it. The Oldenburg Vineyards Viognier 2016 is a fine example of the wines from Oldenburg which are made by Philip Costandius, an award-winning winemaker and GM Wine on the Estate.

Adrian & Vanessa Vanderspuy, Oldenburg Owners

Planted ten years ago on Colluvial soils in a north east to south west direction under drip irrigation, the grapes are hand harvested where they are pre-sorted as bunches and then taken into the cellar for berry sorting and fermentation in 300 litre French and Hungarian oak barrels of which 50 % were new, the remainder previous fill.  Further maturation of the wine took place for 14 months.  The wine was then prepared for bottling.

Viognier grapes arriving at the cellar

It looks like
Bottled under screw cap in a Burgundy shaped bottle, with the grey livery used for their white wines. In the glass, the wine is a rich gold with green flashes.

It smells like
Soft sun dried yellow peaches, white tropical flowers.

It tastes like
From entry, a full unctuous rich and rounded wine.  A thread of charming acidity runs through the wine interwoven with the oak and the stone fruit ‘dryness’.  This is a stunner of a wine.

Nadia Graves’s Perfect Roast Chicken

It’s good with
Good as a glass on its own, but needs a little snacklet like roasted almonds or some fine Willow Creek green olives.  As an accompanying dish, it can take quite full flavours, so soy basted pork belly. Nadia Graves’s Perfect Roast Chicken is the answer to the question, had you asked it! Click here for her recipe.

Nadia Graves, in her Dordogne Garden

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