87 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2009
($11) Pale, bright yellow. Orange blossom, white flowers and spices on the nose, plus a hint of pepper. Mouthfilling and outsized for viognier, with fat flavors of honey and orange. A big boy for $11 but just this side of ponderous for the variety.
About South Africa
South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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Emerging from the tiny appellation of Condrieu in the northern Rhone, Viognier has become a rising star in California vineyards, as our American palates have evolved to appreciate more aromatic white wines. Still, the most desired bottlings of Viognier continue to come from Condrieu, a region just south of the city of Lyon. Centuries of cultivation here have taught producers how to...
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