Zara '11

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

Tasting Notes 2011

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.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.81
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.5g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Dry


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.


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.


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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