Viognier is intensely aromatic and when perfectly ripened, smells of apricots, peaches and citrus rind. It’s a difficult wine to make, as it can be quite bitter and austere when not quite ripe and turn flabby and hot when overripe. Excellent wines using this grape that are made in Washington, California, Rhone and Australia tend toward the ripe, hot, peachy styles. Viognier is also blended and/or co-fermented with the red
Syrah, adding wonderful high notes of citrus and flower to the finished red wine. The most famous examples of this come from the Northern Rhone in Cote-Rotie.
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|Distinctive Flavours||N/A||Peaches, Apricots||Peaches, Apricot Jam|
|Sugar||N/A||Dry / Off-Dry / Sweet||Dry / Off-Dry|