Composition: 100% Viura
Production: 2,000 bottles
Drink: Now to 2028
Viura is a white wine grape that has its origin in Spain, where it is well known and widely planted varietal in mainly the regions of Rioja and Catalonia. It is also known as Macabeo and also widely planted in the southern regions of France.
Viura tends to manage drought stress extremely well, which makes it well suited for drier, warmer climates.
Known for its versatility in still, sparkling (think Cava), dry and sweet wines, the taste of Viura is seen universally as a fresh, floral and aromatic wine when harvested early and aged without oak. When harvested late, aged in oak, it tends to be weighty, honeyed and nutty.
These 200 vines sit on a bed of ancient river stone about 4 meters deep. Combined with the rich, fertile silt deposits of this old-world flood plain which is the Breedekloof Valley, the vines are robust and thrive, producing fruit that perfectly accents their heritage and terroir.
The colour of this wine is an alluring golden hue with a green tinge.
On the nose there is first hint of reductiveness – but in a really good way like wet river rocks and flint. It really is very engaging with very fine citrus blossom sweetness, some vanilla and freshly ground cinnamon sticks.
On the palate the weight is amazing! Given the little extra skin contact, the subtle tannins that are present, create an environment that makes all those elegant flavours really “blossom”. Full, flavoursome, rounded sweetness, this wine is the epitome of balance. As to the finish, one can only describe it as ethereal. The ease with which the wine seems to disappear but continues to play is very elegant. It leaves a lovely weight that lingers, almost like the sensation and experience of eating candy floss! It’s very cerebral in quality, and lovely to enjoy.