DRINK DIFFERENT - IN SEARCH OF FLORAL FRESHNESS IN A GLASS
With its homeland in the northern Rhône appellation of Condrieu, but now planted all across southern France as well as in Italy, South Africa, Australia, Chile and California, Viognier is one of the grape success stories of the past decade. Its rounded texture and mouthfeel, coupled with attractive floral aromas and accessible white peach and apricot flavours make it a crowd-pleaser.
If you are in search of similar characteristics, but want to choose something a little less obvious, why not try Sémillon? This grape is far from a newcomer: it is in fact the third most planted grape after Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and is the basis for much of Bordeaux’s white wine (both dry and lusciously sweet, as in Sauternes).
Sémillon brings a similar floral, mouth-filling characteristic as Viognier, with a refreshing citrus tang. It is more difficult to find on its own in a bottle, but well worth seeking out.