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2010 Ngeringa J & E Assemblage White BlendBlend from Australia

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"This is 75 to 80% chardonnay and roughly 20% is viognier. Chardonnay is a leaner component and from the Summit vineyard, from the lower part of the vineyard on deep, silica sa...

  • 91 Mike Bennie - The Wine Front
  • 91 Huon Hooke - www.huonhooke.com
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91

"Spicy, roasted nut aromas with bread dough, then stone fruits and florals chiming in. Rich, heady kind of perfume and very savoury. The freshness of acidity is marked – there’s richness and fleshy texture, but it’s all given life by brisk, saline acidity. Fresh fruitiness sits underneath the creamy, spicy mainframe of fruit – it’s an exciting wine to drink, alive, and bristling with textural personality. It is a lot about the texture, indeed. Drink 2012-2018." Reviewed 4/2012

91 Huon Hooke - www.huonhooke.com

"Medium to light yellow colour. Spicy apricot viognier varietal fragrance leads the way. Clean and fresh. Faint nuttiness from barrel maturation. Subtle use of wood. Complex and appealing. Intense and rich in the mouth, enlivened by good acidity, and finishing spotless and dry. Long, too. This is interesting wine: I like it a lot. 80/20 chardonnay/viognier, but the latter drives the aroma and flavour. Drink 2012-2016." Reviewed 2/5/2012

Product Description:

"This is 75 to 80% chardonnay and roughly 20% is viognier. Chardonnay is a leaner component and from the Summit vineyard, from the lower part of the vineyard on deep, silica sand. The idea is the chardonnay is pretty linear, the viognier 'richer'. The viognier comes from two vineyards, 'they're the only two white varieties we have en masse, so we thought why not blend them' says Klein. He says they are looking for a more complex white here, and looking for freshness too. 'I really like the two as a blend' says Klein, 'we didn't benchmark it on anything... it's a good winter white as it has body and complexity'. Whole bunch pressed into barrel (some new oak, less than 15%), full lees, spontaneous fermentation, full malo, on lees for a year, blended, no fining, little sulphur, into bottle. 'It's all about the texture' says Klein."Mike Bennie, Wine Front - May 2012

Product Detail

Item # 92009
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Sub-Region Adelaide Hills
Ratings

91 - Mike Bennie - The Wine Front

91 - Huon Hooke - www.huonhooke.com

Vintage 2010
Color White
ABV 14.0%
Varietal(s) Chardonnay, Viognier
Size 750 mL
Closure Screwtop
Features Organic and Biodynamic
Taste apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream, vanilla, honey, mango and tangerine
Nose apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream, vanilla, orange blossom, acacia, violet, anise and mint
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