Viognier

Zara '13

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 2013

Zara ’13 has a pale gold colour with the classic apricot-scented character of serious viognier.

Very complex notes of mandarin, nougat, jasmine, lychee and hazel nuts are also evident,  and the palate is concentrated and soft, with a lovely, lingering mouth feel. 

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.53
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.3g/l
Alcohol: 14.5%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

The individually handled ferments were blended to enhance the wine’s varietal complexity. The finished wine was fined and bottled in January 2014

Vineyards

On 23 March 2013, 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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