This white grape is one which is relatively new to me. A bit of research places it as a ‘rising star’; originating in Northern Rhône, there are now plantings all around the world- in Italy, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Austria, America, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and Japan. Despite this, Viognier is still a wine that is relatively unknown to the everyday consumer, compared to the Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs.
Since sampling Cono Sur’s delicious oaky citrus offering last week, produced in the Colchagua Valley of Chile, I have kept my eyes peeled in the wine aisle for further examples of this elusive wine.
On my way home from work on Friday, I popped into the local Co- op to see what I could find. Amongst their rather extensive variety of wines, was Les Jamelles Viognier Vin de Pays d’Oc, 2009 from the Upper Aude Valley of the South of France, priced at £5.79…
The scent of this wine was aromatic with hints of apricot, but on the palate, it was somewhat oily. The tasting notes on Les Jamelles’ website state that it is ‘very rich, round and syrupy on the palate, but displays good freshness and acidity’, however I found it a little unbalanced; the acidity didn’t quite cut through the oily texture.
While this particular Viognier is not one I’ll be trying again, I am looking forward to sampling some other varieties. I’m yet to get my hands on one from the original homeland of Northern Rhône.
While you might not enjoy every new wine you try, rather than sticking with firm favourites, why not branch out and try something new?