A FANTASTIC treat for you this week in the form of a viognier from producer Trivento (second wine of Concha y Toro).

It is their Tribu Viognier 2011, which comes from the Mendoza area of Argentina. The viognier grape is an aromatic grape variety, known for producing textural white wines with strong, stone-fruit flavours. On the nose the Viognier is very floral, showing lavender aromas that are quite honeyed in this example. Apricots are the classic flavour association with this wine followed with a richness that can be interpreted as ripe peach. The lasting length is a lingering, fruity aroma.

This wine can be paired with a variety of dishes, but my favorites are pork or spicy chicken, but try not to over spice, as the rule is for the wine not to overpower the food and vice versa as this can lead to an unbalanced taste.

Available from Windermere and Ambleside Wine Stores at £6.95 a bottle.

  • Graeme Hedley is sommelier and expert on food and wine at Kendal College’s Lakes Hotel School