Winery - Gisborne House of Wine
Location - Gisborne, New Zealand
Wine - Longbush 2007 Tui Viognier
Grape Varieties - Viognier
Appellation - Gisborne
Alcohol - 13.2% v/v
Price -$14 NZD
Nose/Aroma - Honeysuckle and pineapple.
Palate/Flavors - Soft peach and lime flavors with crisp acid that fades into an oily texture with passionfruit and oak. Good length, though the middle is a bit hollow.
Style - Condrieu
Food Pairing - I used some Longbush Brie (made by Waimata Cheese Company) to make some Brie-stuffed mushrooms, topped with roasted garlic and onions
Comments - I thought this was a nice wine and a good bargain for the price. I don't think that Gisborne Viognier has seen its day in the spotlight yet, but it could be coming. I have seen several nice Viogniers from 2009, and 2010 should provide some good offerings as well.