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Producer: Swartland WineryGrape Varieties: Viognier 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Complex rich whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: South Africa
Spices, dried pear and flowers abound, followed by a sweet floral perfume of ripe tropical fruit. Good follow through from the nose with complex flavours of violets, dried pear and apricot prominent. Delicate oak lends structure and finesse.
Big open skies, arid deserts, the vast flowing landscape, with its unforgiving climate and rugged bush vines, this is wild country, this is Swartland. The contrast with manicured Constantia and oh-so-cool Stellenbosch could not be greater. But right now, Swartland is the most exciting wine region in South Africa. A new wave of winemakers are making ground-breaking wines from Rhône varietals and it is part of a revolution that has got everybody talking. The Swartland Winery is producing iconic and award winning wines in this fashionable and dynamic region, and has created a unique, distinctive and expressive wine range that has been masterfully blended for the UK palate.
The 2015 vintage was memorable for being one of the driest and earliest harvests in many years. The Swartland region's crop was a smaller harvest than usual, but the smaller and more concentrated berries delivered remarkable quality.
The soil types vary from Hutton, Clovelly, Sandy fernwood, and Kroonstad, but Malmesbury Shale dominates, with small patches of granite and Table Mountain sandstone. The gravel sub-structure of the soil promotes good moisture retention, essential in this hot, dry climate.
A classy pairing with roast duck, buttery curries and other rich, creamy dishes
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