Heartland Viognier-Pinot Gris 2007
Other White Blends from South Australia, Australia
#68 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
The nose is bursting with stone fruits - peaches and apricots and lime citrus characters. The generous, multi-layered palate begins with typical Viognier pear flavours which meshes seamlessly with fresh, melon flavours from the Pinot Gris. The tannin from the Pinot Gris adds firmness and structure to the palate. The 2007 vintage is tighter, fresher and more zesty than the 2006.
Wine Spectator - "Smells like Viognier, with all the floral and sweet lychee fruit up front, then lightnens up in the mouth, with freshness and pazzazz of Pinot Gris. A lovely balance. Drink now."
International Wine Cellar - "Light, bright yellow. Spicy pear and apple aromas are complemented by notes of honeysuckle and white pepper. A relatively demure expression of the variety, offering a supple texture and round orchard and pit fruit flavors. Finishes with a refreshingly bitter note of pear skin and very good juicy persistence. This is rich enough to handle full-flavored foods."
Heartland Wines was created by a small group of leading South Australian wine professionals, including Ben Glaetzer & Vicki Arnold from Glaetzer. All are all good friends and share a passion for making great wine. Heartland wines are made with fruit from mature vineyards in the Limestone Coast and Langhorne Creek in South Australia. View all Heartland Wines
About South AustraliaView a map of South Australia wineries McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.