Our 2018 Sea Viognier won the Champion Viognier at last Saturday night's Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2019.
Huge congratulations to our viticulture and winery teams! The Royal Easter Show Wine Awards have been running for 66 years and
About 2018 Sea Viognier
The Southern Pacific Ocean neighbouring our Te Awanga Estate vineyard is the inspiration for the growing of our 'Sea' wines.
In 2017- 2018 growing season, Elephant Hill vineyards experienced a warm spring, followed by hot summer resulted in a superior set and ripening of our Sea Viognier at Te Awanga. This effect was seen with early flavour development at relatively low brix levels, resulting in a relatively early picking date. In 2018 we split our small block of Viognier into different management areas, based on relative differences in vigour. This allows very precise management of differences within the block and allows hand picking of differing maturity levels if we wish. Accordingly, we picked our Sea Viognier on three different dates according to the differences in flavour development.
Whole bunch pressed, 60% barrel fermented which added body and texture to the wine. The remaining 40% was fermented in stainless steel tanks bringing freshness to the wine. Cooling sea breezes, shingle soils and delicate winemaking underlie the elegance and purity we strive for this Viognier.
Enjoy now or cellar to 2022.