2012 Radford Dale Viognier
An Austere South African Wine That Scream Old World Class
As a winemaker, Viognier is a grape that requires discipline. Without proper care, it is easy for a grape to become flabby, showcasing too much of the grape’s natural flavors (which are stunning) without the proper backbone to keep everything together. Thankfully, Alex Dale is disciplined, at least in winemaking. His premium Radford Dale label has a Viognier that showcases all of the potential of the grape while restraining it just enough. It has an austerity that is reminiscent of the best Old World wines. Classic Viognier notes of apricot, peaches and white floral notes abound on the nose. All these lovely flavors are balanced by a nice minerality. The wine is dry and refreshing but has enough body to stand up to light meats dishes like a hearty pork chop, in addition to the classic pairing of shellfish.
|Alcohol:||12.5% alcohol by volume|