Domaine Fontareche, Viognier, IGP Pays d’Oc, Aude, France, 2013
The nominal aroma profile of viognier includes notes such as: stone fruit – apricot, nectarine, peach; pear and muscat; acacia and violets; almond and honey.
The domaine is 30km WNW of Narbonne, just south of the River Aude and so in the Corbieres wine region, Minervois borders to the north.
This wine: grown on clay-sand, varietal viognier, Vinotop synthetic closure, 12.5% abv, The Clifton Cellars, £10
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas of stone fruit – apricot, ripe nectarine and white peach, over-ripe pear, violets, with a hint of nuttiness.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium acidity, medium alcohol and a medium (+) body, of medium intensity, a smooth oily texture, with flavours of ripe stone fruit – apricot, nectarine and yellow peach, with supporting ripe white grapefruit flesh. A medium (+) length with a clean smooth stone-fruited finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with finely balanced acidity and alcohol bolstered by the oily texture and fullish body. A richly textured stone-fruited wine, lightly complex, with interesting floral and nutty nuances, with modest flavour intensity and concentration, which pan out to the medium (+) length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: this wine is ready to drink now, and will hold for one to two years. There is neither the intensity nor the acidity structure to support further ageing.