Home' Scoop : Scoop 50 Summer 2009 Contents Fine wines of Western
Australia available at
purveyors of quality
food and wine, including:
Star Anise, Shenton Park
Must Winebar, Highgate
Soda, North Beach
Il Lido, Cottesloe
A highly prized variety from the northern part of the
Rhone in France, viognier is renowned for its heady
perfume reminiscent of apricots, peaches, and ginger
snap, and is high in colour, alcohol and blossom.
This bracket of viognier showed some of these
attributes, yet many wines were too lean with sau-
vignon-like traits rather than the standout perfume
that's typical of the variety. Wines that scored well
in this tasting were distinctly varietal and showed a
fine textured mouthfeel.
Capel vale 2007 Cellar exclusive viognier, $27
This is a pure fruit-driven style that couldn't be more
obviously viognier, both varietally and aromatically.
The spicy, apricot, stonefruit aromas, coupled with a
hint of ginger, come together to create a marvellous
bouquet, which is mirrored in the mouth. It is rich yet
elegant, concentrated yet refreshing with length. It
may be a touch forward, but this can be forgiven for
the sheer class.
Millbrook Wines 2008 Regional Viognier, $22
Region: Perth Hills
This is a lovely viognier -- fruity, bright, varietal and
clean, but also offering balance and avoiding heavi-
ness and the high alcohol that's often seen in Aus-
tralian viognier. It has a spice, apricot, and ginger lift.
The palate is rich, smooth, soft and not overbearing,
with clean mouth-cleansing acidity on the finish.
Drakesbrook Wines 2009 Viognier, $14.99
Spicy, musky notes are the first thing you notice with
this wine, but there are also hints of ginger snap and
apricots. The palate has some lushness without the
alcoholic heat of some young viogniers, and the ripe
apricot and pear flavours have real impact. This wine
represents true value.
Wovenfield Wines 2008 Viognier (Geographe), 15.5,
Stella Bella Wines 2007 Viognier (Margaret River
south), 15.5, $28
Gherardi 2007 Viognier (Margaret River south), 15.5,
Millbrook Wines 2008 Viognier (Perth Hills), 15.5, $35
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