About This Wine
In 2008, something happened in Australia that likely never will happen in Napa Valley.
It was wintertime, another harvest completed in the Hilltops region of New South Wales’ Great Dividing Range. Nine years earlier, there had been a very Napa-like occurrence: a vineyard was planted with Cabernet Sauvignon. But Cabernet had not fared well in that microclimate.
So, the decision was made to replace the Cabernet with another variety — and not even another red variety, but rather the white variety, Viognier. The vines were grafted, and the following summer, they were hand-pruned. Then came the harvest season of 2010, and Nine Stones was able to craft its first bottling of “Hilltops” Viognier.
And what a Viognier it is — fruit-forward, viscous and creamy. Ideal for serving alongside semi-spicy Asian fare or a summer fruit salad, it serves as a classic example of the necessity of (and reward for) growing the right variety in the right setting.
Rare grape of France's Rhone valley. Produces a floral, full-bodied spicy wine. Yields vary widely and it's hard to grow in other places.
- Grape Composition:100% Viognier
- Grape Source:Kingsvale Ridge Vineyard in New South Wales, Australia
- Aromas & Flavors:Peach, Melon, Stone Fruit, Citrus, Lychee, Toast, Nuts and a Creamy Finish
- Aging Vessels:4-Year-Old (Neutral) French Oak Barriques
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionsemi-spicy Asian fare, or a fruit salad.