Penfolds Cellar Reserve Barossa Valley Viognier 2016

Cellar Reserve

Cellar Reserve Barossa Valley Viognier 2017

Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style.  

Cellar Reserve Viognier is made from grapes sourced from a long-term Penfolds grower vineyard in the Barossa Valley. A lush dessert-style Cellar Reserve offering, this wine is a refreshing take on the more traditional Viognier style and offers a light dry mouth-feel on the finish. 

 

When To Drink

Drinking well, but will improve with careful cellaring.  Peak drinking window now - 2029.

Taste Description

Colour
Medium straw.

Nose
An aromatic fusion of exotic aromas! Oriental florals to the fore – Asiatic lilies and hibiscus with hints of almond blossom.
Citrus notes also make a splash - mandarin and tangelo instantly recognisable.
Youthful, alluring.

Palate
A flavoursome, luscious and delicious palate brimming with an array of taste sensations.
Orange cake and almond sponge flavours, with a drizzle of nectarine nectar – accompanied by subtle apricot preserve and an almond-oil viscosity.
Bright and lively, bridled by zesty acidity and balanced sweetness.

Technical Information

Origin: Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Maturation:3 months in stainless steel.

Wine Analysis:Alc/Vol: 8.5%, Acidity: 7.6 g/L, pH: 2.94

Variety: Viognier.

Vintage Conditions

Above-average winter and spring rainfall offered the vines in the Barossa Valley healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Cool days and cooler nights slowed vine growth in early spring with temperatures warming in October. A mild and mostly dry start to summer was interrupted by a significant rain event in February. Warm conditions followed allowing vine canopies to dry out. Rainfall slowed in early autumn with a warm weather soon following and persisting throughout summer. From March, mild days slowed ripening with cool nights and warm days persisting until harvest.

History
First Vintage: 2009
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