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d'Arenberg Last Ditch Viognier 2001

Viognier from McLaren Vale, Australia
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    Winemaker Notes

    Vintage 2001 in McLaren Vale produced rich, full-flavored wines of great depthdue to the warm summer ripening period. The fruit for the Last Ditch Viognier was picked slightly earlier than usual to ensure the fresh, crisp flavors were retained in the grapes. In its youth d'Arenberg's The Last Ditch Viognier has a brilliant mid straw color with lifted nectarine, white peach and apricot dominated aromas, as well as enveloping rose and ginger. These also dominate the young palate where thick and viscous fruit showing rose, nectarine and white peaches develop into an unctuous long lasting palate. This is a very complex wine, offering a huge spectrum of flavors.

    After some bottle ageing d'Arenberg's The Last Ditch Viognier should develop in color to a richer bright gold. The aroma should also develop in complexity to become dominated by yellow peaches and tropical fruits but all still supported by rose, spices and ginger on the nose and palate. In the mouth, an older Last Ditch Viognier will maintain peach and fresher fruit based flavor but also be distinguished with a fine edge of acidity and a rolling, lengthy and penetrating finish for quite some considerable time.

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    d'Arenberg

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    d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia
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    One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.

    McLaren Vale

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    Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style. Whites, often made from Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc tend to be opulent and full of tropical, stone and citrus fruit.

    Viognier

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    Full-figured and charmingly floral, Viognier is one of the most important white grapes of the northern Rhône, and the only one allowed in Condrieu and neighboring monopole (an entire appellation dedicated to just one winery), Château Grillet. It is also a blending variety in several appellations throughout the entire Rhône Valley. Viognier is grown throughout much of the rest of the wine world with some degree of success. Look for great New World examples from California, Chile, Oregon, Washington and cooler parts of Australia.

    In the Glass

    This is an aromatic variety making rich, complex and full-bodied white wines redolent of a full bouquet of flowers, stone and tropical fruits and a dash of spice. It is lower in acidity than most white wines, lending to its heavy impression on the palate. While a whiff of Viognier might suggest sweet flavors, these wines are typically quite dry.

    Perfect Pairings

    Viognier is an intense, bold variety that can easily stand up to hearty food like pork loin with apricot stuffing, roasted chicken or chicken Kiev.

    Sommelier Secret

    While Viognier is a white grape, it also plays an important role in the red wines of Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône. About 5% Viognier is typically co-fermented with the Syrah in order to stabilize the color, and as an added benefit, add a subtle perfume.

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