Sultry Sensuality & Bright Springtime Scent
Makes dry, full-bodied white wines with a heady perfume, honeysuckle, apricots, peach kernels, white blossom and violets, musk
Origin: Croatia, a relative of Mondeuse Blanche,
Main wine-growing areas:
Single Varietal in Condrieu & Chateau Grillet in Northern Rhone, Barossa Valley in South Australia (a specialty of Yalumba).
In Southern Rhone it is often blended with Marsanne & Roussane.
In Northern Rhone 6-10% is often co-fermented in the red wines of Cote-Rotie, a style that is replicated in many parts of the New World as Shiraz/Viognier.
Characteristics: Intense aromatics with low-moderate acidity, high alcohol, weighty, sometimes viscous. Not noted for its longevity, perfume doesn’t last.
Roast Chicken or Pork, rich shellfish dishes with creamy sauce, spicy flavours of SE Asian cuisine, especially if influenced with ginger and/or saffron, local goat’s cheese from Condrieu.