White Wine

Viognier

As a white wine, the spectrum of styles it can make is extreme.

Guigal makes two of the boldest version with the Cuvées ‘La Doriane’ and the incredibly rare dessert wine ‘Luminescence’. La Doriane breaks all the rules. I used 20ml of a bottle to analyse it.

The pH was 4.0 the titratable acidity 4.0. Normally you’d expect a white wine to have a pH 3.0 & 3.5 with a titratable acidity between 5.5-7g/L acid. This is where the extremes of texture comes out to play, the high pH and low acidity combined with the high level of phenolics in La Doriane give it an oily, almost unctuous,  yet still dry texture. The high pH renders any sulphur additions near useless, the fruit must have incredible depth and length of flavour, capacity to handle oxygen contact not to oxidise. It results in a wine so unique that it becomes, perhaps one of the easiest wines to name in a blind tasting.

Guigal have made a very specific set of winemaking choices.

At the other end of the spectrum, it’s possible to make a gently pressed, tank-fermented version that has fewer phenolics from the skins and returns higher acidity and freshness.

Then there’s everything in between.

One thing is certain, good Viognier will have an entrancing perfume, and, a wonderful texture!

Look out for Château Grillet, Goreges Vernay, Yves Cuilleron, André Perret and Guigal.

In Australia, as in Côte-Rôtie, we tend to see Viognier in blends co-fermented with Shiraz where it adds wonderful perfume, and texture to red wines like Yarray Yering’s Dry Red No.2,  Clonakilla’s, and, Serrat’s Shiraz Viognier.

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Yeringberg Viognier 2019

A floral, exotic, full-bodied white. Yerinberg bring their own style to this Rhone classic.
$46
$44 in any 3+
$42 in any 6+

André Perret Condrieu ‘Coteau de Chéry’ HALF 2019

Viognier is such a unique variety! The perfume intoxicating, the texture caressing!
$108
$103ea in any 3+
$98ea in any 6+

Yves Cuilleron Condrieu ‘Les Chaillets’ 2019

Stunning, Sexy & Sensual all in one! Texture, harmony and perfume all in one! Incredible wine!
$130
$125ea in any 3+
$120ea in any 6+

Yves Cuilleron Côte-Rotie ‘Bassenon’ 2019

A fine silky mouthfeel with a perfume from excellent Viognier!
$164
$157ea in any 3+
$150ea in any 6+
$164
$157ea in any 3+
$150ea in any 6+

André Perret Condrieu ‘Clos Chanson’ 2019

Viognier is such a unique variety! The perfume intoxicating, the texture caressing!
$179
$172ea in any 3+
$165ea in any 6+

André Perret Condrieu ‘Coteau de Chéry’ 2019

Viognier is such a unique variety! The perfume intoxicating, the texture caressing!
$179
$172ea in any 3+
$165ea in any 6+