Circumstance Viognier is produced from windswept, low yielding slopes of Schapenberg Hill. Strong winds churn up the vineyards with regularity. This allows for low production and intense flavors. The vineyards are about four kilometres from the sea, and are planted at a height of between 270 and 300 metres above sea level. The soils are of sandstone origin with medium-sized stones, helping with drainage, but also a very good ability to retain moisture. The vineyards are an average age of 11 years. Production was approximately 3 t/ha.
Perfumed and alluring, but somewhat restrained. Not a big, oily Viognier. More bright and lithe in character. A nice freshness to the acidity works well with this grape’s natural richness and weight.