Balgownie’s best work is in reds, but Tony Winspear has proven his hand with some white outliers. This Balgownie Estate Viognier 2019is the first straight estate Viognier bottling since 2010 with 2 picks, both wild fermented, with nothing added save for a small amount of So2 at bottling.
Varietal and perfumed, the fruit understated and balanced by phenolic punch. I want more weight, but varietal and packs in enough Viognier intensity, Lightly floral, gently stonefruit-driven, it’s a pretty good result for a V-weed.
Best drinking: nowish. Though not falling over. 17.5/20, 91/100. 13.2%, $35. Balgownie Estate website. Would I buy it? Worth a glass or two.
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