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2017 Viognier Grand Klasse Reserve

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2017 Viognier Grand Klasse Reserve
2017 Viognier Grand Klasse Reserve

Price: $24
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $18
Connoisseur's Club: $20.40
Case Club: $19.20

 

Gård Wine Club Only Selection

Barrel select release of 100% Viognier qualifying for the Grand Klasse line of Gård wines.

Tasting notes

Gorgeously perfumed notes of citrus blossoms, white tea, pithy stone fruits and lightly caramelized sugar and raw baking spices. Swirling brings up riper stone fruit, chamomile and honey with a wafting citrus zest. The palate is polished with citrus and stone fruits and vein of salinity running through. Mouthwatering with its combination of sweet fruits and salinity it finishes with impeccable class. 

Production notes
Harvested on October 6 after several passes through the vineyard to select the best clusters, this was whole cluster pressed and put into a new Stockinger 600L. We began using Austrian oak from Stockinger in the 2017 vintage to add more spice and compression to some of the more sensitive white wines in our lineup. The 2017 vintage gave us good acid profiles and very perfumed aromatics so adding the Stockingers gave us the ideal barrel to compliment the fruit without overwhelming 
the wine with oak presence. The benefit with the large format and thick staved barrel is it also slows down the maturation of the wine allowing it to develop much more complexity while still maintaining the freshness we were looking for. Bottled with only light filtration to maintain its natural texture. We began using Austrian oak from Stockinger in the 2017 vintage to add more spice and compression to some of the more sensitive white wines in our lineup. The 2017 vintage gave us good acid profiles and very perfumed aromatics so adding the Stockingers gave us the ideal barrel to compliment the fruit without overwhelming the wine with oak presence. The benefit with the large format and thick staved barrel is it also slows down the maturation of the wine allowing it to develop much more complexity while still maintaining the freshness we were looking for. Bottled with only light filtration to maintain its natural texture.

This wine is produced Vegan.

Other notes

Inspired by the French Grand Cru wines, Gard “Grand Klasse” is our reserve-level program, aptly named in reflection of our Scandinavian heritage. It represents the top tier of Gård wines, the best of what our estate vineyard has to offer. Award-winning wines produced by winemaker Aryn Morell to showcase the quality of the Lawrence Vineyards estate. To be designated “Grand Klasse,” each wine must meet strict standards of quality and is blended, bottled and aged with the utmost of care to bring you the very best of our grapes and effort in the bottle.

Vintage2017
VarietalViognier
Varietal Composition100% Viognier
AppellationRoyal Slope
VineyardCorfu Crossing Vineyard
DesignationLawrence Vineyards
PH3.32
Aging100% new Stockinger 600L
Alcohol13.00%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced60

Gård Vintners is 100% estate grown sustainably at Lawrence Vineyards in the Royal Slope AVA. Lawrence Vineyards features seven distinct vineyard sites with elevations ranging 930 feet to 1,675 feet. The combination of elevation and south-facing slope provides a great framework for grape production, while the diversity of the seven locations delivers a high level of complexity to Gård wines. Lawrence Vineyards is certified sustainable by Vinewise.org.

Winemaker Aryn Morell, a Washington native, honed his skills in Napa Valley working with some of the country’s most notable producers, including Silver Oak, Joseph Phelps, Quintessa, Husic, Chimney Rock, Chappellet, Stags Leap and countless others in winemaking and the chemical engineering of wine as part of a consulting company for which he worked.

Aryn joined the Gard team as head winemaker in 2011, and spends considerable time in the winery’s estate vineyard with Josh Lawrence, Gard founder and viticulturist.  With an uncompromising attention to detail, Aryn carefully crafts Gard wines with an eye toward the unique expression of terroir of the estate vineyard, and earns frequent accolades and high acclaim for his wines.

In 2014, Aryn and Gard founders Josh and Lisa Lawrence launched a winemaking facility in Walla Walla, M&L Production, where all the Gård wines are produced, bottled and aged. Aryn also makes wine for Matthews Estate, Tenor, Alleromb and Mullan Road, a Washington project for Cakebread Cellars of California.

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