Q. What do you get when you cross a Viognier with a Riesling?
A. Riognier or, to be more precise, Grand Riognier.
In 2017, Wayne Elson, winemaker at Roenfeldt Hill in the Barossa Valley experimented with co-fermenting a 50/50 blend of Riesling, sourced from Eden Valley, and Viognier from the Barossa Valley.
He was so pleased with the results that he released his first commercial vintage of this wine in 2018.
Wayne believes that this is the only Riognier in Australia and possibly the only such blend in the world.
So – how does it taste?
The wine has an inviting light gold colour and a nose of subtle lemon notes accompanied by honey and cream.
The palate is truly fascinating with the Viognier tenor harmonizing delightfully with the Riesling soprano.
A mildly oily mouth feel introduces layers of lime marmalade, grapefruit, white peach, honey and some wet-stone minerality.
The acidity is total controlled as is the alcohol at 12.5% ABV.
This Grand Riognier is so easy to drink that, after the last drops are squeezed out of the bottle, you sigh thinking “I should have ordered 2 bottles or even half a dozen” and, at $20 a bottle, there is no reason why you shouldn’t.
This blend of Viognier and Riesling will make this wine a top choice for pairing with a wide range of white meats and fish dishes.
Two final thoughts.
1 This is a fun wine for the Joker in the pack at blind wine tastings with friends. Good palates will detect the Viognier but where to from there?
2 It will be no surprise that, at AWESOMME, we love good portmanteaux (awesome + sommelier).
Riognier is a very clever portmanteau (Riesling + Viognier).
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Roenfeldt Hill Barossa Valley Western Rise Basket Press Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2017
As part of International Grenache Day this rare quality red went down a treat. 32 months in French and American oak. I think the cooler vintage work well with some Barossa reds and this on is a but more elegant and smooth with a touch of savoury character coming through. This is a very small family owned winemaking business and these lovely wines are available through the winemaker wayne_elson Only 1400 bottles produced! #drinkthegoodstuff Brett 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
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Have you tried Australian Zinfandel before?
I first tried Zinfandel when I went to America and I fell in love. Something about this grape has always held a place in my mind. But it is quite hard to find in Australia! So when I was sent some wines from #roenfeldthillwines to try, I couldn't wait to give their Zinfandel blends a go!
I hadn't heard of Roenfeldt Hill Wines before so I was very excited to try their wines. The Roennfeldts are sixth-generation descendants of Christian Heinrich and Louisa Catharina Roennfeldt, who migrated to South Australia from Cropelin, Germany, in 1849. They are one of the few growers of Zinfandel in South Australia and this is one of Wayne's favourite varieties to work with.
An ode to their first tractor a Zetor 35-45, this wine has been basket-pressed before being placed in French and American Oak for 32 months. It is a blend of Zinfandel, Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro offering a wealth of flavours.
The Roenfeldt Hill Wines ZSGM 2017 is a beautiful and unique blend offering something you might not usually get out of the Barossa Valley. It is complex yet smooth and beautifully balanced with flavours of blackcurrant, cherry and spice. This wine is perfect with food and would be a great match to roast lamb or beef.
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Wine: Roenfeldt Hill Wines ZSGM 2017
Variety: Zinfandel, Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro
Find it: From the winery direct
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Taste: Complex, flavoursome, balanced
Flavours: Blackcurrant, cherry, spice
Enjoy it with: A good meal
Food pairing: Beef or lamb
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Tonight I am up for comfort food and I love my chilli prawn pasta which started with raiding the garden for fresh oregano, parsley and chilli to which I use one with seed for additional heat and one without and am thinking how I could’ve gone the third (😂❤️🌶) and I always use the best olive oil in torzimatthews Vat No. 1 Barossa Extra Virgin Olive Oil as this stuff is so fresh in flavour and it’s the backbone for this pasta dish. As my leg is still stiff and sore I needed something quick and simple to cook so I could get off my feet quickly and eat and enjoy some wine and this is perfect. 👌 I have paired this tonight with wayne_elson Roenfeldt Hill 2018 Barossa Valley Grand Riognier which is a blend of Eden Valley Riesling and Viognier. I have been hanging out to try this one and I didn’t chill it first because I wanted to smell and taste all the flavours which chilling it can kill or change. I will say it again and again, it’s amazing how much more you get out of your whites if served at the right temperature. 😉🥂 What a combination this is. 😍 I would never have thought to put the two together but it works brilliantly. You have the smoothness in mouthfeel and stone fruit flavours of the Viognier together with the lemon citrus and hint of acid of the Eden Valley Riesling. Now if I chill this more acid will be more prevalent but at about 12-13 degrees it’s stunning and you get so much more aroma of those tropical fruits, citrus and hints of jasmine. It really is just lovely and goes perfectly with prawns as it’s not too acidic so enhances the flavour instead of killing it with acid. This is excellent Wayne!! Love your work! 🙌 I promised to share this with a friend so will have to order more as I couldn’t wait any longer. Cheers! 😉❤️🥂🙌 #barossavalley #edenvalley #viognier #riesling #barossa #barossawine #barossablends #barossariesling #barossaviognier #barossalife #barossaliving #barossalifestyle #mybarossa #mybarossalife #roenfeldthillwines #roenfeldthill #barossatourism #southaustralia #southaustralianwine #southaustraliantourism #supportlocal #supportlocalbusiness #supportfamilybusiness #supportsmallbusiness #wineworld...
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Starting the weekend right! Simple label but the 🍷 has 🥊… savoury fruits, spice and the alcohol while big is interwoven nicely!! This is very solid particularly considering the price!!
Peeps this is worth ordering!
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