Zara ‘11 is the palest gold colour with pure vanilla and spring flower aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine and orange blossom. The soft, ripe palate shows cinnamon, comb honey, apricot and mandarin flavours, with a rich texture and lingering finish.
Zara ’11 is closed with a 'Diam' cork, which eliminates any possibility of cork taint, allowing continued evolution in bottle for five years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.5g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
WINEMAKING The individually handled ferments were blended to enhance the wine’s varietal complexity, then returned to barrel for a further 3 months’ intergration. The finished wine was fined and bottled in August 2012.
VINEYARDS From 1 April to 14 April 2011, fully ripe viognier grapes were hand harvested in several passes across the sloping middle terrace of Te Mata Estate’s Woodthorpe Terraces Vineyard.
ORIGIN Zara is affectionately named after Zara Buck, the first born child of the third generation of Te Mata Estate’s Buck family. Zara spent her childhood playing amongst the vines at the vineyard which is home to this delightful viognier.
Zara '11 - 'The beauty of this label is that the wine always displays the classic viognier opulence while remaining refreshing and elegant. It’s never dull. From their Woodthorpe Terraces vineyard, this vintage is another convincing example of the variety showing perfumed aromas of potpourri, apricot, floral and subtle spice. It’s weighty and richly textured with an expansive mouthfeel, finishing long and satisfying.' 93 points ★★★★★Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Showcase Summary, 2013 All Reviews