Zara ’09 is the palest gold colour with pure, floral aromas of jasmine, with orange and peach blossom. The palate is soft and ripe with cinnamon, clover honey and apricot flavours, and a lingering finish.
Zara ‘09 is bottled with leading technology ‘DIAM’ corks. These are produced using a liquid form of carbon dioxide which eliminates any possibility of cork taint and, when the wine is well cellared, they provide consistent evolution for every bottle.
Total acidity as tartaric: 4.9g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
WINEMAKING They were lightly crushed, then cooled for skin contact before cold settling. The majority of the juice was barrel fermented in seasoned French oak, with the balance fermented cool in tank. The barrel fermented portion was aged on lees with regular stirring. The separate lots were then blended, fined and bottled in December 2009.
VINEYARDS The 2009 growing season provided the best flavours we have yet seen in viognier. The fully ripe grapes were harvested from the sloping, middle terrace of the vineyard on 29 March 2009.
ORIGIN Zara is affectionately named after Zara Buck, the first born child of the third generation of Te Mata Estate’s Buck family. Zara spent her childhood playing amongst the vines at the vineyard which is home to this delightful viognier.
Zara '09 - 'The superior 2009 Zara Viognier was awash with rich, fleshy citrus fruit and subtle spice.'Charles Gill, Taranaki Daily News, 1 June 2010 All Reviews