Viognier, Laughing Stock, Perfect Hedge Vineyard, Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, BC, 2013, 13.8% abv.

There’s about 67 ha of white grape, Viognier planted throughout the Okanagan Valley.  LFNG is located on the Naramata Bench, but the vineyard these grapes hail from is their Perfect Hedge Vineyard located to the south in Osoyoos and almost smack dab on the US-Canada border.  Almost 1 ha of this vineyard is dedicated to Viognier and it’s grown at 320m.

Heady, aromatic and fuller bodied than most white wines, this version is snappy stuff. A beautiful medium gold, its seriously mineral-driven profile has aromas of ripe peach, apricot and nuts.laughing

The palate is dry with juicy acidity and flavours that show more yellow peach and fresh apricot alongside hazelnut, lemon curd, honeysuckle and a tiny taste of toffee from the time 40% of it spent in French oak.  Twenty-five percent of the wine aged in concrete egg, while 35% was aged in stainless steel.  There’s the right amount of lightly bitter kernel and acacia on the back palate, thankfully less than is in most Viogniers.

With its fresh fruit, crushed rocks and acidity all balanced appropriately with the alcohol, it’s got everything going for it.

A WSET Very Good wine – enjoy now as we did with Kristin and Spence.  It’s drinking perfectly.

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