Hilton Vineyards The Emperor Probus Reserve Viognier 2015
Superior Viognier named in honour of the famous Roman who took this varietal up the Rhone.
An exquisite Viognier made in honour of the Roman Emperor Probus; who in the year 281AD was responsible for taking the cultivar on the perilous journey from Dalmatia up to the Rhone, where it eventually found its spiritual home of today. Sparing no expense, an extraordinary winemaking process was undertaken, whereby the grapes were 100% de-stemmed, crushed and then given 2 hours of skin contact with dry ice – ensuring an intensely aromatic and deliciously round wine, that delivers an incredibly soft lingering finish. This vintage was a much better harvest, with what Richard describes as the best fruit to date, resulting in a softer wine than previous years. Only the best grapes were selected, there was better oak integration, and this is why the reserve stands out as the ‘best of vintage’. Extremely limited, only 546 bottles! Aged in small French oak 2nd fill barrels for 8 months. Expected optimum drinking 2015-2016. Cellaring potential through 2025
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