2014 Les Vents d'Anges Viognier
The nose of the Les Vents d'Anges Vgionier bears the typical aromas of white flowers, peach and apricot. The wine is fairly big and weighty in the mouth with the slight sweetness of the sugar balanced by fairly high acidity. The finish is long which with clementine and stone fruits seeming to be the dominant flavors, as the wine opens more floral tones appear on the back end.
Les Vents d'Anges, "the wind of angels" is a tribute to Genevieve de Beaubien, M.D., the beloved sister of Al Schornberg, owner of Keswick Vineyards. Pronounced the same as vendanges or "harvest", the wines bottled under this label are typically fruit forward and delicate, sometimes with a hint of sweetness.
With this Viognier juice being high in sugar, we decided to use a yeast that had a low sugar to alcohol conversion factor to try and balance the alcohol within the context of the fruit. Primary fermentation lasted for 16 days after which the wine was allowed to settle and then racked to tank. During the course of the 8 month maturation phase, the wine was regularly stirred to keep the yeast in suspension and build palate weight and texture.
The wine was bottled June 9th.