Grape Variety: 100% Viognier
Region: Western Australia
Appellation: Margaret River
Vinification: The fruit was crushed, destemmed, chilled and soaked on skins overnight, ensuring all of the extremely shrivelled berries could rehydrate in juice allowing the natural sweetness and concentrated flavours of these raisined berries to be extracted. This was followed by pressing and cold settling the juice before fermentation, which was a long slow process at about 15o C in a small stainless steel tank for nearly a month. The fermentation was halted at exactly the right balance of sweetness and alcohol by adding SO2, chilling and filtering the wine.
Ageing/Maturation: The wine spent a short period in new French oak before the final blend was stabilisied and bottled early
Xanadu Cane Cut Viognier 2016
Colour: Straw yellow.
Nose: The lifted bouquet displays ripe stone fruit, tropical fruits, and orange peel with hints of honey and spice in the background.
Palate: The palate is sweet and opulent offering apricot nectar, cumquat marmalade and mango. Zesty lemon/lime sherbet characters combine with the exotic fruits and persist through to a decadently sweet finish balanced by crisp clean acidity.