Lourensford - Winemakers Selection Viognier 2010-11 - South African White Wine



Lourensford - Winemakers Selection Viognier 2010-11
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The wine has a straw-yellow colour with a light green tinge.

Splendid citrus, apricot and cape gooseberries characterize the nose.

The palate is full and rich with fruit flavours that follow on from the nose.

The wine is perfectly balanced by the wood ending with a delicate and waxy palate.

100% Viognier.

All grapes were sorted for quality purposes after arrival at the winery. Destemming and crushing followed after which the mash was conveyed to the presses via a mash cooling system that rapidly cooled the mash to 6- 8°C. Light pressing followed and the juice was settled overnight at about 10°C. The clarified juice was racked to a fermentation tank where it was inoculated with a chosen yeast strain. Alcoholic fermentation was carried out at 18°C. Approximately 40% of wine started its fermentation in tank and was then transferred to barrel to finish its fermentation in Hungarian oak barrels. The wine was left in the barrels and on the coarse lees for up to 8 months. The lees was stirred up every two weeks to add to the complexity and structure of the wine.

Category(s):     White Wine

Producer: Lourensford   -   www.lourensford.co.za
ABV:   14.6%
Appellation:   Stellenbosch
Brand:   Lourensford
Country of Origin:   South Africa
Food Match:   Soft Cheeses
Food Match:   Lobster & Shellfish
Grape Type:   Viognier
Region:   Coastal Region
Vintage:   2010-11


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Producer Information

The Lourensford Estate was established in 1700 and was once part of Willem Adriaan van der Stel's Vergelegen. The property was purchased in 1998 by the South African entrepreneur and businessman, Dr. Christo Wiese, with the aim of establishing one of the premier wine estates in South Africa. The first plantings began in 2000 after extensive terroir studies. Today over 300 hectares have been planted with the ultimate goal being to establish 500 ha. The construction of the winery followed in 2002 and the first wines were vinified in 2003.

The magnificent soils and diverse micro-climates create the ideal terroir for world-class wines. Lourensford's vines are mostly situated on south and south-westerly slopes which have a moderate climate and benefit from the cool breeze from False Bay during the hot summer months. The bulk of the vineyards are planted on well drained yellow and red coloured apedal- and neocutanic soils of the Oakleaf, Tukulu, Pinedene and Hutton forms. Excellent water holding properties as well as a high cation exchange capacity ensure optimum soil conditions for high quality grape production.

Plantings currently include: Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinotage, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot. Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay and Semillon. There is an annual process of establishing 40 - 70ha of new plantings. To fulfil the Lourensford mission of "quality without compromise", the vineyards are subdivided into 50ha units, each with its own manager.

All the vines are trellised on a seven wire Perold system with moveable foliar wires to enable maximum sunlight exposure and ensuring optimal ripening . Each vine is looked upon as an individual unit and oenological practices are adjusted according to differences in growth vigour.

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