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Ridgeback Natural Sweet Viognier 2020

Bottle Analysis

Winemaker: Toit Wessels
Main Variety: Viognier
Alcohol: 10.5% vol
pH: 3.10
RS: 131 g/l
Total Acid: 8.46 g/l
TSO2: 140 mg/l
Bottled: 07 May 2020
Release Date:  August 2020
Bottles: 1431 bottles
Cellaring: Drink now to 8 years
Origin: Paarl
IPW: Yes


Type: White
Style: Sweet
Taste: Elegant

Tasting Notes

An overwhelmingly hedonistic spectrum of ruby grapefruit, glace pineapple, marmalade and honey, all supported by a seamless line of lime zest acidity.

Food Pairing

The Natural Sweet Viognier is a delicate form of sweet wine which could be served with a wide range of cheeses as well as a fruit or cream-based dessert.

Blend Information

100% Viognier


The immaculate vineyards used in this opulent niche wine are East-West facing and planted in Oakleaf soils. Vertical shoot positioning and a moderately leaner canopy enables good light penetration and effective bunch ripening. Great care is taken in the preparation of this elegant, sweet wine and each sun-kissed bunch stalk is nipped to encourage dehydration of the berries and extreme concentration of flavor while still on the vine.


Grapes were handpicked at full ripeness on 24 February 2020.

Sugar  33.9° Balling
Acid  5.05 g/l
pH  3.85


The grapes used in this premium sweet wine were night harvested and whole bunch pressed to ensure the gentle extraction of juice from the raisins.

The juice was settled overnight at 10 degrees Celsius after which half of the clear juice was gravity fed to second fill 400 liter French oak barrels where it underwent natural ferment to enhance complexity. The remainder of the juice was fermented in a stainless-steel tank to be used as a fresh component in the final blend. This portion was inoculated with a mild commercial yeast specifically suited to sweet wine production.

The ferment of both fractions was monitored daily and once the desired alcohol/sugar/acid ratio was reached the ferment was stopped using the Thermoflash process.

The barrel and tank fractions were then blended, and a light filtration was done shortly before bottling.

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