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Hails from: Western Cape, South Africa. Grapes: Viognier

Viognier can be really exciting. Few times is it more exciting, however, than when it’s got two things: a cool climate and an exceptional winemaker. Luckily, Samantha O’Keefe has used fruit from the cool, high altitude plateau of rose-quarts soils in Elgin. Rich, intense apricot notes are backed up by maturation in seasoned Burgundian and new oak casks, adding sweet pineapple and cream. It’s a little sweet (4.8g/l sugar isn’t much buy golly this Viognier’s ripe and characterful!) and it’s got a chunky 14.0% ABV, but this is one bloody fun Viognier.

Dry white wine made by: Lismore Estate

Drink now. Circa £18.00 (find this wine). Tasted: January 2019