2021 Hillside “Heritage Series” Viognier
BC, Okanagan Valley, VQA Naramata Bench
100% Viognier | Dry Wine | 14.5% ABV
89pts Carl's Wine Club
A big and bold Viognier with a high level of alcohol, which is typical of the 2021 vintage in the Okanagan. On the flip side, Kathy Malone, the veteran winemaker at Hillside, managed to keep a vibrant acidity which makes this wine balanced and enjoyable. In addition, a generous portion was fermented in barrels, which likely played a role to develop its power, texture and complexity. On the nose this is very exuberant and flamboyant with aromas of ripe pear, honey melon, cantaloupe, lily, jasmine and a hint of cinnamon and caramel. On the palate, the texture is rich and thick delivering an abundance of tropical fruits, followed by honeydew and rich apricot, flashing a hint of oak on the mid-palate, and finish with an explosion of cardamom and white pepper. This wine is big and juicy, explosive and extravagant, built to please red wine drinkers and full body white wine lovers. (CWC, 1/03/23). 320 cases made.
Pairings: fish stew, foie gras torchons
Drink now until 2026
Winery price: $28.00 plus tax & deposit