Lowerland

Lowerland Witgat Viognier 2017

£28.00
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  • Lowerland Witgat Viognier 2017

Lowerland

Lowerland Witgat Viognier 2017

£28.00
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White | Ready, but will keep | Lowerland | 2017 | South Africa > Northern Cape > Prieska | Colombard | Medium Bodied, Dry | 12% abv

Bertie Coetzee represents the sixth generation of his family to farm at Lowerland, on the banks of the broad Orange River near Prieska in the Northern Cape.

Let’s not beat around the bush: this is not traditional wine country. The main crops are maize and plump, melt-in-your-mouth pecans, alongside an award-winning beef stud; but in 1999 the first grapevines were planted by Bertie’s father Hennie, literally sowing the seeds for a game changing endeavour continued by Bertie after he joined the farm in 2013.

The desert-like climate is peculiar, being at approximately 29 degrees south so on the outer limits of what’s considered prime viticultural latitude, but the African heat is moderated by over 1,000 metres of altitude and consequentially high diurnal range. Summer rains can be problematic but generally conditions are dry and therefore favourable for organic farming, with the vineyards certified by Ecocert.

Bertie and his team are striving for a holistic, regenerative model of farming, converting all land to organic practices. Bertie has worked tirelessly to put Prieska on the South African wine map and gain approval for Wine of Origin status, a landmark achievement for what is – if anything – a rudimentary bulk wine region.

Witgat is made from organic Viognier grapes, hand-picked and driven 12 hours to the Cape, where the wine was made by JD Pretorius. This shows the unique climate of Prieska in its best light. New World Viognier can tend towards the over-ripe and soapy, as well as high alcohol levels. The tricky growing conditions here mean you don't get over-ripening, and this Viognier retains acidity while still being flavoursome and lower alcohol. It was fermented naturally in old French oak barrels, then aged in barrel for nine months. Classic peach and apricot flavours to the fore of course, with light oak character and some chalky tannins. Lovely.

60 bottle(s) available for next day delivery*

*If you need a bigger quantity and can wait a little bit longer please contact us and we shall do our utmost to squirrel out some extra bottles for you as soon as we can.