I’d argue this is potentially the only blend of these two grapes, affected by Botrytis, anywhere in the world. But then again….I have been known to be wrong.
d’Arenberg, The Noble, Mud Pie, Viogner/Arneis, McLaren Vale 2015
Almost rose gold in the glass. Viognier dominant nose with ginger and brown spices, pulpy apricot flesh and juice. Yet it retains a lightness of fragrance with pears and almond blossom. Whilst the most alcoholic of the 4 in the Noble range, it carries itself admirably and retains the most phenolic grip without resorting to overt jammy apricot fruit. Has a slightly smoky quality with dark spiced apricot marmalade quailites. Occasionly a brightness of tripical fruit pokes out, but the overarching profile is almost saline in character. Distinct.
Wine sample courtesy of d’Arenberg