Viognier

The historic appellation of Condrieu may be no larger than a postage stamp, but various cuvées from André Perret, Georges Vernay and Marcel Guigal are some of the greatest white wines in the world.

Ever since planting Viognier in the Descendant Vineyard we have strived to make a wine with similar distinction and purity to those of this famous Appellation and when exceptional vintages prevail we produce a Viognier that displays a distinctive varietal character.

Current Vintage 2016
Despite a dry winter, rains in January and March, 2016 freshened the older vines and provided long, slow ripening periods in between, which led to a stand-out vintage with high-quality fruit.
Current Vintage 2015
This small batch was vinified with the same minimalistic approach that we have used for the ‘RunRig’ Viognier over the last 10 years. After hand picking at sunrise the fruit was immediately pressed and settled overnight in tank. This enabled the juice to stay very cool and from here it was fed directly to new French barriques. The juice underwent a slow natural fermentation on its lees and was only racked once prior to bottling in late December 2015.
Current Vintage 2013
This small batch was vinified with the same minimalistic approach that we have used for the ‘RunRig’ Viognier over the last 10 years. After hand picking at sunrise the fruit was immediately presses and roughly settled overnight in tank. This enabled the juice to stay very cool and from here it was fed directly to new French barriques. The juice underwent a slow natural fermentation on its lees and was only racked once prior to bottling the following March.
Current Vintage 2012
This small batch was vinified with the same minimalistic approach that we have used for the ‘RunRig’ Viognier over the last 10 years. After hand picking at sunrise the fruit was basket-pressed at our adjacent 120 year old milk shed- turned-winery. This enabled the juice to stay very cool and be gravity fed directly to new French barriques. The juice underwent a slow natural fermentation on its lees and was only racked once prior to bottling the following January.
Current Vintage 2010
This small batch was vinified with the same minimalistic approach that we have used for the „RunRig‟ Viognier over the last 10 years. After hand picking at sunrise the fruit was basket-pressed at our adjacent 120 year old milk shed-turned-winery. This enabled the juice to stay very cool and be gravity fed directly to new French barriques. The juice underwent a slow natural fermentation on its lees and was only racked once prior to bottling the following December.
Current Vintage 2009
This small batch was vinified with the same minimalistic approach that we have used for the ‘RunRig’ Viognier over the last 10 years. After hand picking at sunrise the fruit was basket-pressed at our adjacent 120 year old milk shed-turned-winery. This enabled the juice to stay very cool and be gravity fed directly to three new French barriques. The juice underwent a slow natural fermentation on its lees and was only racked once prior to bottling the following December.
Current Vintage 2008
This small batch was vinified with the same minimalistic approach that we have used for the ‘RunRig’ Viognier over the last 10 years. After hand picking at sunrise the fruit was basket-pressed at our adjacent 120 year old milk shed-turned-winery. This enabled the juice to stay very cool and be gravity fed directly to three new French barriques. The juice underwent a slow natural fermentation on its lees and was only racked once prior to bottling the following October.
Current Vintage 2007
This small batch was vinified with the same minimalistic approach that we have used for the ‘RunRig’ Viognier over the last 10 years. After hand picking at sunrise the fruit was basket-pressed at our adjacent 120 year old milk shed-turned-winery. This enabled the juice to stay very cool and be gravity fed directly to three new French barriques. The juice underwent a slow natural fermentation on its lees and was only racked once prior to bottling the following January.
Current Vintage 2006
This small batch was vinified with the same minimalistic approach that we have used for the ‘RunRig’ Viognier over the last 10 years. After hand picking at sunrise the fruit was basket-pressed at our adjacent 120 year old milk shed-turned-winery. This enabled the juice to stay very cool and be gravity fed directly to four new French barriques. The juice underwent a slow natural fermentation on it lees and was only racked once prior to bottling the following January.

$48.50

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2016 - tasting notes and reviews

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2015 - tasting notes and reviews

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2013 - tasting notes and reviews

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2012 - tasting notes and reviews

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2010 - tasting notes and reviews

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2009 - tasting notes and reviews

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2008 - tasting notes and reviews

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2007 - tasting notes and reviews

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2006 - tasting notes and reviews

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