Cuvee Balthazar Viognier, Pays d'Oc, Pierrick Harang

Country : France

Grape Variety : Viognier

Succulent and exotic, this Viognier has lovely mouthfeel, luscious tropical fruit and honeysuckle, and a finish which is fruity yet refreshing. A great example that really delivers at the price.

Tasting Note : Exotic tropical fruits and floral notes on the nose. The palate is luscious and smooth, with flavours of apricot, peach and white spice; citrus notes on the finish.

Food Pairing : Salmon with hollandaise; lobster; sweet and succulent crayfish salad; fried halloumi.

More info : Viognier produces the rare and heady wines of Condrieu, but international plantings have increased dramatically in the last 30 years or so. Characterised by aromas of honeysuckle, blossom and exotic fruits, the Viognier is difficult to cultivate as it needs a long ripening process to allow its aromatic qualities to develop properly. At its best, this is a grape variety that resembles no other, and in the hands of a skilful winemaker such as Pierrick Harang it produces a delightfully appealing and exotically different white.

Winery : Pierrick Harang is a winemaker with a difference. Having inherited his passion for winemaking from his oenologist father, Pierrick decided that the way forward for him was not to borrow heavily to purchase a winery and all the necessary equipment, but to use his skills to produce his own range of wines – in someone else's cellars. So Pierrick has an agreement with les Celliers Jean d'Alibert, whereby he makes their wines for them, but also vinifies his own wines in their winery. Pierrick's wines are modern and cleanly made, very much fruit-driven in style, with minimal use of oak.