Viognier Review: Angoves 2009 Nine Vines from Australia

Posted by Keith Wallace

Hands down, this is the bargain sipper of the moment. Typical Viognier aromas of peach and perfume are on the nose, along with a trace of nutmeg. The attack is round and lush: it’s boasting a creamy weight that turns a touch sweet. The flavor transforms into trail mix –dried peaches, nuts, apple—and then comes back with jasmine and lilies.  It finishes with a refreshing note of fresh peach. A lovely bottle of Viognier for the price, although a bit heavy for a summer day.

Angoves is one of the oldest wineries in Australia, dating back to 1892, and is still family-owned. The “Nine Vines” label is their value line, and for the most part, does an excellent job of keeping quality levels high. The name is an homage to the surviving nine grapevines from the winery’s original vineyard in Adelaide, South Australia.

About Viognier.  This shy bearing variety was relatively recently restricted to a small northern part of the Rhône Valley, where it produced the famous wines of Condrieu and Château Grillet. Even though this variety crept to Australia inside the seventies, the particular explosion did not occur before the 19 nineties in Languedoc-Roussillon and California. At its best, Viognier features a lush, aromatic quality with a distinctive peachy character, but it is often over-oaked. More Viognier wine reviews.

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