2021 Barrel-Fermented Viognier
The 2021 Barrel-Fermented Viognier is a medium-bodied wine that has a full, rich mouthfeel and plenty of juicy acidity to keep it feeling light and fresh. With plenty of peach, nectarine, and tropical fruit flavors, the oak fermentation adds baking spice and vanilla notes to this weighty, creamy textured wine.
All About Viognier:
Viognier is a wine with origins in France; specifically, in the Rhône Valley where it’s most well-known for wine grown/made in the Condrieu appellation of the northern Rhône. There is some speculation that the grape was brought to France by the Romans from the Dalmation Coast (Croatia). What we do know is that DNA profiling shows a parent-offspring relationship with Mondeuse Blanche, which also makes it a close relative of Syrah and – interestingly, there’s a genetic relationship with the Piedmont grape Freisa, which also makes it a relative to the Nebbiolo grape. One can find Viognier and Syrah growing side-by-side in the Côte-Rôtie area of the Rhone. In fact, in Côte-Rôtie, the wine is made from Syrah with up to 20% Viognier (co-fermented). As a fun fact, the only wine co-fermented at BAV is our white blend called Bedlam. The Australians also use Viognier in their red blends.