Mini Viognier “Taste Off”

July 14th, 2011 by karen

With summer surprising us with a visit mid-July it seemed like an ideal occasion to open some food friendly white wines at an impromptu lunch.  Thus the creation of a mini Viognier “taste-off” between Tamboerskloof 2010 and Gabrielskloof 2009 with our guest Melissa (@Merlot_Girl). We paired both wines with recipes from the recent editions of Crush Online Magazine

Let me tell you – there was no loser here!  But my word, what exceptionally different expressions of this varietal!  We started with the slightly younger Tamboerskloof and as soon as it was poured their were exclamations of “Ooowee” and “I like”.  The fragrant nose, one has come to expect from Viognier, was evident.  This wine was crisp, clean, fresh and fruit forward with complimentary oak playing a very subtle, supportive role and an amazing minerality on the finish!  This wine hit all the “tired spots” in  my mouth bringing them back to life.  Delightfully refreshing and paired incredibly well with roasted red pepper, tomato and coriander soup.

Onto the Gabrielskloof which felt like an incredible expression of the terroir of the Bot River area.  Also apricot and blossom on an upfront nose with a much bigger bodied than the previous wine.  It showed a lovely, rich mouth-feel, complexity and layering of flavours with a full finish that went amazingly with the Thai prawn curry.  You don’t need to do anything, it does it all for you:) A more serious and expressive version of the varietal

Try them and let me know for yourself!

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