Hihi 2007 Gisborne Viognier

Posted on June 6, 2009

Founded in 2005, Hihi Wines is a small winery still in its growth phase. Its 2,000 case per year production is comprised of several wines, including two different Chardonnays, a Gewurztraminer, a Malbec, and a red blend called "Lock, Stock, and Many Barrels". Andrew Nimmo, Hihi's founder, is not only the company's viticulturist but the winemaker and marketer. Hihi is located in Ormond, though it sources fruit from vineyards throughout Gisborne.


Winery - Hihi Wines

Location - Gisborne, New Zealand

Wine - Hihi 2007 Gisborne Viognier

Grape Varieties -  Viognier

Appellation - Gisborne

Alcohol - 13.0% v/v

Price -$16 NZD


Nose/Aroma - Delicate honeysuckle coupled with nectarines.

Palate/Flavors - Apricot that develops into a more tropical flavor of lychee. A slight toastiness derived from limited oak use. Relatively low acidity is balanced with slight sweetness. Decent weight and a nice, oily mouthfeel that leads to a long, citrusy finish. 

Style - Similar to a Condrieu Viognier, very fruit-forward and aromatic.

Food Pairing - Some spicy Asian food would be perfect. Maybe a nice Shrimp curry with rice and vegetables or an Albacore tuna spring roll with avocado and wasabi.

Comments - For a 2008, it showed quite well. I think it could be held onto for several months or a year, but not too much longer than that.