Viognier

Zara '18

Zara Viognier '18

Since 1995, Te Mata Estate has led the way with New Zealand’s production of Viognier, a rare white grape from France’s Rhône Valley. Fermented in barrel, it displays the floral, white peach and honey characters found in the finest examples of this entrancing variety.

$29.90/ bottle

A fairytale of a wine, Zara Viognier ’18 is fine straw-gold and weaves ripe white peach, fragrant jasmine and honeysuckle into a lively, finely textured and opulent experience. Hints of nectarine, apricot and liquorice on the nose transform to voluptuous lychee, popcorn and ginger syrup on the palate. From a spectacular vintage, Zara Viognier ’18 is a ripe-fruited dream, spun from New Zealand’s oldest viognier vines.

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Zara ’18 is closed with a 'Diam' cork, which eliminates any possibility of cork taint, allowing continued evolution in bottle for five years from harvest.

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TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
pH: 3.88
Total acidity as tartaric: 3.75g/l
Alcohol: 14.0%
Residual sugar: Dry

WINEMAKING                                                                                                          The individually handled ferments were blended to enhance the wine’s varietal complexity. The finished wine was fined before bottling.

VINEYARDS                                                                                                          Between 21 to 25 March 2018, 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.

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Zara '18 - 'Gorgeously fruited and fragrant, the wine shows ripe apricot, rockmelon, thyme and floral characters, leading to a concentrated palate that is wonderfully weighted and expansive. Elegantly opulent and varietally expressive with rich texture and bright acidity, leading to a lingering delicious finish. This is outstanding.' 95 Points ★★★★★
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2019 All Reviews