jamie goode's wine blog: Anakena Viognier: it's brilliant

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Anakena Viognier: it's brilliant

Viognier almost went extinct in the 1970s, but now it's really, really cool and everyone likes it.

Here's one of the new world's best examples, IMHO. It's the Anakena Viognier 2008. The 2007 tasted a couple of weeks ago is also fantastic (I remember tasting it blind at the WoC awards tasting in Chile last January and giving it a clear Gold medal, and there weren't many of those dished out).

Anakena Viognier 2008 Rapel Valley, Chile
A really stunning new world interpretation of Viognier. It's fresh and aromatic, combining richness and exotic fruit notes with lively vigour. The nose shows ripe peach and fresh tangerine notes, with a hint of vanilla. The palate is richly fruited with apricot and peach fruit meshing well with livlier citrus notes. It's just a beautifully balanced, full flavoured, fresh expression of this grape. 91/100 (8.99 Thresher)

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At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Everyone likes it"... funny you should say that, Jamie, as it's just about the only grape that I really dislike. Only a few Condrieus have passed muster so far.

At 10:05 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Good point - I'm suprised by how fast and far it has spread in recent years.


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