2008 Locust Lane Viognier
Brilliant yellow straw colour. the 2008 Viognier exudes a concentrated nose of sweet mandarin oranges, delicate apricots, almond paste and cinnamon spice. A generous and fleshy mouth feel with ripe flavours of mandarins, white peaches and preserved lemons. This elegant wine has great texture and excellent length.
We exposed all bunches to sunlight at fruit set with leaf removal on both sides of the canopy to maximize fruit ripening. Green harvest was performed at the first sign of veraison and we left only the best bunch per healthy shoot in order to promote ripening, concentration of flavours and expression of the Beamsville Bench terroir.
The grapes were handpicked, hand sorted and lightly whole bunch pressed. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours before being racked to 5 year old French barrels. The juice was barrel fermented with warm temperatures using a natural yeast to improve mouth feel while allowing the aromatics of the variety to expose themselves. No fining agents were used and the wine was bottled only using gravity.