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Falconhead Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2021

$15.00$85.50

The New Zealand falcon has been a revered guardian of our vineyards for decades. At our Riverview Vineyard on the banks of the Ngaruroro River in Hawke’s Bay, we housed and trained a male and female falcon whose seemingly effortless grace held us rapt for many years.

The only remaining bird of prey endemic to New Zealand helps us with our natural sustainability program by managing pest control operations. To this day we still have a resident falcon who often visits the feeding station we’ve set up as a token of appreciation to this flying celebrity who also graces our country’s $20 bill. It’s worth noting that just one of these bills will get you a nice bottle of Falconhead to take home…

Clear

Perfumed aromas of ripe peach and vanilla spice. The palate displays rich stone fruit, tangerine and honeysuckle flavours supported by a long oily finish. This wine is drinking well now but can be cellared for up to 5 years.

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The New Zealand falcon has been a revered guardian of our vineyards for decades. At our Riverview Vineyard on the banks of the Ngaruroro River in Hawke’s Bay, we housed and trained a male and female falcon whose seemingly effortless grace held us rapt for many years.

The only remaining bird of prey endemic to New Zealand helps us with our natural sustainability program by managing pest control operations. To this day we still have a resident falcon who often visits the feeding station we’ve set up as a token of appreciation to this flying celebrity who also graces our country’s $20 bill. It’s worth noting that just one of these bills will get you a nice bottle of Falconhead to take home…

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Amount

Single Bottle, Case (6 Bottles)

Wine Review

"Very enticing bouquet with aromas of flowers then ripe white fleshed apricot, some peach and apple then a touch of toasty spice and mineral. On the palate - soft and silky textured with some contrasting acidity, plenty of weight and drive. As the wine opens up on the palate flavours of spicy flowers and stone fruit become more intense and classic with a lovely concentration and length. A delicious example with subtlety and finesse, floral charms and a core of fruit. Best drinking from 2022 through 2025."

Cameron Douglas MS

"Varietally expressive and youthfully charming, the bouquet shows apricot, mandarin, rockmelon and mixed spice aromas, leading to a supple palate that's rounded and lingering. It's smooth and fleshy with mellow acidity, finishing smooth and comforting. At its best: now to 2024."

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"Winning the top wine at a Cuisine tasting is a big deal, even if we do say so ourselves. It means you have come up against similar wines from all around both New Zealand and the rest of the world at different price points and your wine has surpassed them all. To win such an accolade more than once is quite a feat, especially when it’s been assessed by different judges. To win it two tastings in a row is surely an assurance of consistent quality.

While last year’s winner was the 2019 Falconhead Hawke’s Bay Viognier, this year’s top wine is the 2021 vintage and the judges were seriously impressed by this wine. On the nose, apricots, white blossom, stalky citrus notes alongside crystallised meringue aromas made this wine so lovely to savour in the glass before proceeding to taste. The complex palate is equally intriguing with elegance and a hint of spice blossom and although a dry style, there is a concentration to the palate that makes it feel opulent and rich. The palate is beautifully balanced with a delicate, refined style and cleverly integrated supple oak which leads to a long satisfying finish.

It’s not unheard of for wineries to increase the prices of wines when they win an award, as the acknowledgement leads to increased demand. However, at only $16, this beautiful viognier is still as good value as it was last year. A best buy indeed."

Mary-Therese Blair, Cuisine Magazine

Food Pairings

Vineyards and Winemaking

The grapes for this wine came from our Tantallon and Campbells Brook vineyards in Hawkes Bay. The grapes for this wine were machine harvested and transported to our Riverview winery where they were pressed with a fraction of the juice going to barrel for fermentation and the remainder being fermented in stainless steel. A variety of yeasts were used but predominantly 58W3. Following maturation in both oak and stainless, the wine was blended and tankered to our Katikati winery for final finishing and bottling.

Leveret and Mills Reef Winery

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