Decibel Bridge Pa Vineyard Viognier 2018 (Hawke’s Bay)
DANIEL BRENNAN grew up in his family’s restaurant in Philadelphia where great wine and great food were part of daily life. As a young man he indulged his love of music by touring with a band, until returning to the family restaurant to consider his next chapter. While overseeing the wine list, he became smitten with pinot noir, and in particular, those from Martinborough. Convinced that winemaking in New Zealand was his calling, he arrived in Hawkes Bay in 2008 and hasn’t looked back.
The first Decibel wine was made in 2009 and over time Brennan has found his footing and defined his own style. “Initially the [viognier] was big and bold, however this has evolved into a more elegant style that is respectful of the land,” says Brennan. While the label Decibel reflects his love of music, he certainly appreciates the integrity and sincerity that wine delivers, noting that “you can’t download a bottle for free.”
This is a very juicy and polished example with beautiful citrus aromatics freshened with an exotic twist of ginger and cinnamon. While filled with flavour, the palate retains structure with the dry finish providing an honest length.Best Buys