(2020) The vine material originally came from Condrieu for this Viognier, and a little bit of the wood used for barrel ageing is Acacia. Jasmine, roses, flowers and herbs, apricot. The mouth-feel is soft and creamy, with good acidity, a bit of sherbetty phenolic grip to brighten the finish. Nicely done and carries 14% alcohol well. Price and stockist is for a previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Cape Crest is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, with around 10% - 15% of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris, made in immersion barrels, with three months battonage. Immersion barrels are made with a special technique that extracts tannin from the oak, resulting in a softer character being imparted to the wine. A touch of Jack Daniels, oatmeal and cream, the palate quite waxy with some leafy, soft herbs, an attractive and balanced wine. Price and stockist quoted for the 2018 vintage at time of review.