Catnip Viognier 2016
A Viognier from Australia McLaren Vale region. What can you expect? A bit like a chardonnay unoaked style! Very nice white form winemaker Scott Heidrich.
Rusty Mutt Catnip Viognier 2016 (86 tsomw points)
In the glass a straw yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose fresh aromas of apricot, lemongrass, orange peel, some floral and nutty hints.
On the palate medium-bodied, nouthfilling with fresh citrus and stonfruit. Nice minerality and aftertaste.
Fits great with seafood and Asian dishes.? @rustymuttwine
When choosing a white wine to produce from McLaren Vale, I looked at the varieties that grow well here and the corresponding region in France. Shiraz and Grenache are the stand out red varieties of McLaren Vale which also grow very well in the Rhone region of France. One of the most interesting whites from this area is Viognier (Condrieu appelation). As it turns out, Viognier is the 4th largest white variety by tonnes crushed in McLaren Vale so finding some was quite easy! I made the wine in a fresh aromatic style, completely un-oaked. It looks a bit like a Sauvignon Blanc on the nose and a Chardonnay on the palate.
CELLAR UNTIL: 2020
MATCHING FOODS: Enjoy with steamed scallops, garlic prawns, sweet and sour pork and many other light Chinese and Japanese dishes.