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Age of Grace Viognier
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Lismore Estate Vineyards - Age of Grace Viognier 2020

South Africa
White wine from Overberg · South Africa
£21.50 £18.27
Case Rate: £18.27
Ex Tax: £15.23
Country:
Wine Region: Overberg
Winery: Lismore Estate Vineyards
Wine Maker: Samantha O’Keefe
Grape: Viognier
Grape Percentage: 100% Viognier
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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Rating 90 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
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Country:
Wine Region: Overberg
Winery: Lismore Estate Vineyards
Wine Maker: Samantha O’Keefe
Grape: Viognier
Grape Percentage: 100% Viognier
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

Hints of frangipane, apricot and honeysuckle on the nose, all very well-defined. The palate is ripe and spicy on the entry with touches of dried orange peel, shaved ginger and a touch of dried lychee. There is splendid weight in the mouth and a long, satisfying finish.

Food matching

We recommend medium bodied meals that are intense and complex. For example: - Sesame encrusted tuna marinated in a blend of orange, lemon and lime juice spiced with sesame oil and balsamic vinegar – seared on a wood fired grill and served with griddled vegetables, or - Free range duck breast smoked with Darjeeling tea and coriander leaves. Set on a cinnamon poached pear glazed with a gooseberry jus. In both of these dishes, the fruit and floral aspects of the wine are complimented by the exotic and aromatic elements in the dish which are also highlighted by the spiciness from the oak fermentation; the fresh acidity freshens the palate, and yet the Lismore Viognier has the body to hold up against the weight of the duck or the tuna. It is also gorgeous with a well laid cheese platter.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015) - 90 pts

There is no Viognier from Lismore this year because of severe drought, well, there was just 600-liters. And there is no 2016 either, back in 2017. So instead Samantha bought in some fruit from Elgin grown on rose quartz soils. They renamed the 2015 The Age of Grace Viognier (after Samantha's middle name) and it has a pleasant, slightly waxy bouquet with honeysuckle and orange pith aromas. The palate is well balanced with a touch of salinity on the entry, nicely balanced with subtle white pepper and ginger notes with an underrated tensile finish. This is delicious. Just 6,990 bottles produced.


Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2017) - 93 pts

The 2017 Age of Grace comes from purchased Viognier fruit from Elgin grown on rose quartz soil. It has a well defined bouquet of yellow plum, mirabelle, apricot blossom and subtle popcorn aromas. The palate is clean and precise with a fine line of acidity, hints of stem ginger complementing the tropical fruit (passion fruit and peach skin), and the finish is spicy and quite persistent. Excellent. -- Neal Martin


JancisRobinson.com (2016) - 16.5 pts

Delicate stone fruit rather than the aromatic intensity of some French versions. It is more peachy and stone-fruited on the palate but definitely a subtle style. Dry, gently chewy, remarkable freshness for Viognier. (JH)


Jamie Goode (2017) - 93 pts

So pretty! This is Elgin fruit, handled oxidatively and barrel fermented. Lovely apricot and pear fruit with a floral twist and lovely spicy citrus notes framing the fruit. Great concentration. Just so delicious and varietally true.


Tim Atkin (2016) - 92 pts

Fans of Lismore’s amazing estate Viognier - the best in South Africa - will be dismayed that there was none produced in 2015, but this is not a bad substitute, made with Elgin fruit. Floral and fresh, with subtle cream and stone fruit flavours and more acidity than many examples of the grape. 2017-19