2015 Signature Series Viognier
Initially the wine seems a bit shy, but opens up quickly to reveal the true nature of Viognier: floral notes, honeysuckle, peach, pear, and apricot. The palate is rather light, showcasing a touch more aciditiy. What makes this wine special is how balanced and elegant it is; all the components are seamlessly interwoven and the oak is easily absorbed, creating a fresh wine that has length and structure while still allowing the fruit to shine through.
Bearing the signature of owner Al Schornberg, the Signature Series wines are an exclusive selection denoting some of the highest craftsmanship of our winemaker Stephen Barnard. The label orginated in 2009 when Stephen Barnard was getting ready to be wed to Al Schornberg's daughter Kathryn. In preparation for the ceremony, Al personally re-oriented the viognier vines in front of Edgewood Estate, for aesthetic reasons, against the winemaker's wishes. Unbeknownst to Al, Stephen kept the harvest from those vines separate and in the finest french oak barrels. Later, Stephen surreptitiously aquired Al Schornberg signature on a napkin and with the help of Al's other daughter Kris, the Signature Series label was born. The label is now a promise to represent the finest possible expression of a single varietal that Keswick Vineyards can produce
The fruit for this wine was hand-picked and comes from the estate side vineyard block, planted on the shale and weather schist soils. The fruit was cooled prior to processing, then going directly to press. Pressing was done manually with the free run and lightly pressed juice placed into tank.
The juice was racked off the gross solids into another tank. Primary fermentation was completed in 3 weeks after which the wine was transferred to barrel [100% French oak, 55% New] 40% of the barrels were 500L in size. The wine was stored on the fine lees for 9 months with the barrels receiving a weekly stir to keep the lees in suspension and to build up palate weight and texture. Prior to bottling the wine was both protein and cold stabilized, before being sterile filtered and bottled on June 7th.
Only 291 cases were produced.