Viognier

 

Name of varietal: Viognier
 
Common synonyms: Picotin Blanc, Bergeron, Barbin, Greffou, Rebolot, Vionnier, Petiti Vionnier, Viogne, Galopine, Vugava Bijela, 
 
Parentage of the grape: unknown
 
History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in France by the Romans. A fun story that may or not be true is that it was intended for Burgundy, to Beaujolais, and was packaged with Syrah vines that were intercepted by the Medieval French equivalent of the Jesse James gang around Condrieu in Rhone and there it stayed. It likely got its name from the Roman outpost Vienne. It was once widely planted in France, but because it is tricky to grow, once Phylloxera struck, it was only replanted in a few places. Condrieu is the only Rhone appellation that is 100% Viognier. In other areas, besides rare varietal releases, small amounts of it are used as a blending component to red Syrah for body. It eventually made its Read more »

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  • Qupé Viognier Santa Ynez Valley Ibarra-Young 2007

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    Wine review by BrandonA


  • Its not every Tuesday afternoon that I tuck into a line-up of Australian ... ... The Zontes footsteps Shiraz-Viognier offered excellent aromatic complexity in a slight lighter, more elegant and earthy style that may not be quintessential Aussie Shiraz but was delicious. The dArenberg Footbolt on the other hand was excellent, and reaffirmed why... Read More

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  • Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier 2005

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    This seemed liked it was a bit over the hill. The color was a deep garnet with slightly browned edges. The palate had a nice balance and texture/mouth feel. It had a long finish. There was some white pepper and blueberries. The alcohol was a tad high. Seemed a bit oxidized but still nice. Just surprising it was a 2005. 88/100 Read More

    Wine review by Mike Po


  • Wines tasted;1)2005 Innocent Bystander Shiraz-Viognier 14.5% - 87pts2)2007 Sonoma Vineyards Syrah 13.8% - 89pts3)2007 Zontes Footsteps Shiraz-Viognier 14.5% - 91pts4)2006 Hyland Penley Estate Coonawarra Shiraz15%- 88pts5)2004 Leeuwin Estate Siblings Margaret River Shiraz 14% - 90pts6)2004 Kunde Estate Sonoma Valley Syrah 14.1% - 92pts7)2006 dAr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Blind Tasting Shiraz/Syrah


  • Zonte's Footsteps Shiraz-Viognier 2007

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    Very floral and spicy, apricotty with notes of honeycomb and a slight gamey edge to the plum and lightly jammy black raspberry fruit with a hint of white pepper. This screams out for some lamb! Restrained in the mouth with lighter bodied attack that is a bit drying on the palate. A bit of an earthy style with jammy red and black fruits, a bit p... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier 2005

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    Unusually blood red very violet florality, fairly alcoholic, spice, plum and faint leather. Big, fruit driven entry, nice mid-palate with good acidity and fine tannins support light nuanced pepper and herb notes that enhance the very red tart plum, red licorice fruits. Light and elegant but ends a touch hot 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Deusyls de la Pèira Terrasses du Larzac 2006

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    Wine review by kyne007


  • Deusyls de la Pèira Terrasses du Larzac 2006

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    Wine review by kyne007


  • Deusyls de la Pèira Terrasses du Larzac 2006

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    Wine review by kyne007


  • Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier 2005

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    Smooth yet spicy. Extremely short finish. Complex enough to be enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


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