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Trinity Hill
Gimblett Gravels Noble Viognier

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Gimblett Gravels Noble Viognier

Gimblett Gravels
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100% Viognier

We waited until we had a good infection of noble botrytis in the grapes. We then carefully hand-picked a small quantity of fruit which showed the clean, raisined characters that we were after. Picking took place over a 3 week period, as botrytis developed. After picking each batch, we destemmed the bunches and crushed the raisined berries, allowing them to soak for 6 hours to soften the raisins and allow for easier extraction of the concentrated juice. They were then pressed out to retrieve all the sweet liquor that was trapped in the berries. The essence obtained was then allowed to settle overnight to clarify the juice and put into French oak barriques for fermentation. This took place slowly over a 5 month period, when the fermentation stopped leaving a considerable amount of natural grape sugar in the wine. Bottling took place in early December 2009.

Tasting Note
The colour is a beautiful green/gold, with depth. The aromas are reminiscent of honey and crystallized apricots. The botrytis has a big effect, with hints of the floral citrus and jasmine aspects of Viognier showing. It is very luscious and concentrated, with strong flavours of dried fruits, especially apricots. The finish is very long and despite the sweetness, finishes dry with no cloying sugar as sometimes happens with this style of wine.

Serving Suggestion
Chill the wine and enjoy with fresh fruit salad, creme brulee, cheese or foie gras.

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