Sweetened apricots and a warm breeze carrying the scent of tropical flowers… This is Maryhill 2012 Viognier.
We tasted this wine with a virtual group via #maryhilltaste on Twitter. It was a crowd pleaser. When we were in our 20’s and too broke to go on vacation we had a staycation that involved swimsuits, the local Mexican restaurant’s outdoor seating, and large margaritas. Shame we didn’t have this Viognier then. It would have been a great choice for our festivities and we could have afforded it at ~$16.
Kudos to winemaker Richard Batchelor for delivering aroma, body, and a balanced acidity that keeps the wine refreshing enough for a warm day. This wine is definitely feminine. Think of her as a Southern Lady. She is warm, perfumed, and voluptuous with an unexpected acidic bite. She is also a bit dangerous. Alcohol is over 14% and hides behind those flowers – so watch out.
Don’t mistake this for a dessert wine. We suggest pairing with coconut shrimp, crab cakes, chicken or pork with a fruit chutney. See tips for pairing sweet wines and pairing by weight for more insights.
We also suggest pairing Maryhill 2012 Viognier with a lounge chair, umbrella and a glass. Like any Southern Belle her company may best be enjoyed on the veranda.