2016 Hunting Lodge Marsanne Viognier
The Hunting Lodge in Waimauku, West Auckland has a history stretching back almost 150 years with vineyard plantings for the last 30, recently it has been repurposed, replanted and refurbished and is home to a beautiful tasting room and soon a new restaurant. Winemaking has been taken over by Pete Turner and while the family vineyard wines are on the way there is currently a selection of great grower-wines. This Rhone blend is grown in Gisborne and is one of the better examples of this blend. Rich, creamy and mealy with soft aromatics, apricot, white flowers and toasty, nutty oak.