The Roussanne was sourced from our sustainably farmed, estate-grown Kyli's Vineyard. The Viognier was sourced from our neighbor's Lakeview Vineyard in the Sanel Valley. The 2016 harvest was marked by below average rainfall and an even growing season, yielding intensely concentrated fruit, particularly notable in, and favorable to, these Rhone Valley varietals. We picked the Viognier on September 27, with the Roussanne following just four days later on October 1, 2016.
The grapes were whole-cluster pressed. The settled juice was barrel fermented with 50% in small stainless barrels and 50% in neutral French oak. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation and remained sur lie for three months with bi-monthly batonnage.
Medium-deep gold in color, our 2016 Atrea The Choir shows sun-ripened stone fruit and wildly fragrant honeysuckle aromatics. The palate echoes those notes with a clean, refreshing texture and a fleshy exuberance. This is a wine to enjoy in the warmth of the sun on a lovely late spring or summer afternoon on the patio.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy this wine in the warmth of the sun on a lovely late spring or summer afternoon on the patio. It pairs beautifully with fresh fruit of the season, ripe soft cheeses, or simple grilled fish or chicken.
Blend composition: 70% Viognier, 30% Roussanne.
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