Luxury boutique winery, Oldenburg Vineyards situated in the Banghoek Valley, has launched their maiden Viognier, a great addition to their range of premium wines.
Viognier is historically grown in the Northern Rhône valley, and reaches its peak in the tiny appellations of Condrieu and Château Grillet. Regardless of how the varietal originally arrived in Condrieu, historical records confirm that Viognier was grown in the area during the Roman Empire. When the Romans were forced out of Gaul in the 5th Century, the vines remained uncultivated for centuries but were revived by locals in the 9th Century.
The Oldenburg Vineyards Viognier 2015 sports a lively, apple-yellow colour. The opulently, perfumed nose shows ripe peach and rich vanilla aromas. The broad, well-filled palate is perfectly balanced by adequate acidity. The wine has enduring richness, good grip, and a very long finish.
Viognier pairs well with spicy dishes with a hint of peach or apricot, echoing the flavours in the wine, or dishes with ginger, saffron and coconut. Try mild spicy noodle dishes, rich shellfish dishes such as seared scallops, grilled lobster and baked crab, especially with a hint of spice, or sweet root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and spicy butternut squash.
Try our Seared Scallops and Prawns with Garlic Sabayon recipe for an impeccable pairing.