|Although little known in South Africa, Viognier is a cultivar which has become increasingly popular over recent years. Creation was the first farm on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge to plant this grape, which is believed to be an ancient variety first brought to Central and Western Europe from Croatia in Roman times. Genetically it is a cousin of the Italian cultivar Nebbiolo and closely related to the lesser known Piedmont grape Freisa.
|Vinification The Creation Viognier ripens and is harvested fairly early, and is unoaked to preserve freshness and minerality.
Flavour Profile and Food Pairing
Stylistically, Viognier is often richer and lower in acidity than, for instance, Sauvignon Blanc, however differences in vinification can produce a range of styles, making it versatile. The Creation Viognier offers peaches and cream on the nose with a distinctive cool-climate freshness to balance the stone fruit character.
The purity of fruit makes this wine especially suited to Asian foods like chicken lahksa or Thai green curry. It serves as a fantastic foil to the fragrant, aromatic spices of traditional curried fish which highlights the freshness and minerality of the cool climate Creation Viognier.
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