Cognac, Viognier

Cognac is named after the town of Cognac in France and is a variety of brandy. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name. Ugni Blanc, which is known locally as Saint-Emilion, is the one most commonly used grape to produce Cognac. The region is divided in to six zones, Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Bordeies, Fins Bois, Bon Bois and lastly Bois Ordinaire, not to be confused with Champagne, the premier sparkling wine region in north east France.

Strict guidelines must be followed for a distilled brandy to be legally labelled as a Cognac by the Appellation d’origine contrôlée. Only specific grapes are allowed to be used, of which Ugni Blanc is the most common. The brandy must be distilled twice in copper pot stills and aged for a minimum of 24 months in French oak barrels from Limousis or Tronçais.

Blending is very common in Cognacs, and the age is derived from the age of the youngest grapes used in the blend. Cognacs develop and age in a similar way to Scotch Whiskies, though most Cognacs can age much longer than the legal requirement due to the time spent in the French oak barrels.
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  1. Mr Riggs Sticky End 2018 (375ml)
    An Italian-passito-style botrytis wine, it was crafted using hand-picked Viognier grapes that were late harvested and allowed to dry out for 3 weeks. It was fermented in French oak barrels (20% new) for six months, resulting in a beautiful bright golden colour. ... Learn More
  2. Les Jamelles Viognier 2018
    Viognier is one of the iconic white wines of the Les Jamelles range. With its fruity aromas and flavours along with its roundness and freshness, our Viognier holds plenty of nice surprises in store for your tasting experience! Endowed with ... Learn More
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  3. Shadowfax ‘Minnow’ Viognier 2020
    This Viognier was carefully grown in the renowned Malakoff Vineyard in the Pyrenees. Cantaloupe, green mango, ginger with hints of lees derived complexity in the nose. Mandarine and cantaloupe fruits spill onto a luscious palate. A creamy and mouth filling ... Learn More
  4. La Petite Mort Amphora VMR 2019
    Close to 1000m above sea level on Australia's Granite Belt, La Petite Mort is an experimental project for winemaker Glen Robert and partner/viticulturist Robert Richter. The winemaking follows the true natural ethos, careful and deliberate. Their wines are contemporary ... Learn More
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  5. Head Wines The Contrarian Viognier 2020
    Remarkable first Viognier release from the oh-so-friendly Alex Head. Picked early to retain as much acidity as possible, he is unashamedly aiming for a racy style, emulating the cellarworthiness of perhaps the world's greatest Viognier - Chateau Grillet. It's packed ... Learn More
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  6. Clonakilla Eden Valley Viognier 2020
    Viognier that came from the Yalumba vineyards in Eden Valley in South Australia. It’s a quintessential Viognier that boasts elegant fruit; ripe pear, ginger and peach laden Viognier. Concentrated and long there is a lot of texture here, layered ... Learn More
  7. Yeringberg Viognier 2018
    This is exceptional viognier. Benchmark. Be it Australian or French. This level of warmth is necessitated to showcase the exuberance of the variety: honeysuckle, apricot and ginger glaze. The billowing phenolic chew beautifully melded to a gentle wash of acidity. ... Learn More
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  8. Torbreck Eden Valley Viognier 2020
    On a quest to become one of the world’s great wine marques. Ever since planting Viognier in the Descendant Vineyard Torbreck have strived to make a wine with similar distinction and purity to those of this famous Appellation and ... Learn More
  9. By Farr Viognier 2019
    Viognier is foot stomped and left for two or more hours on its skins to extract the phenols, flavour and texture. The fruit is then pressed, cooled and put straight into barrel with all solids for a natural fermentation. Gentle ... Learn More
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  10. Maison de Grand Esprit Condrieu les Seize Galets 2008
    Light bright lemon/gold color. Nose impressive offering up pear, peach, spice and almond. Rich ripe fruit, luscious palate but balancing acidity and clean finish. ... Learn More
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  11. Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2018
    Incredibly complex aromas of baking spices, fresh red fruit and a fine and elegant, floral edge, as well as red cherries, raspberries and red plums. This is phenomenal, so precise and concentrated with such detail and power, delivered with elegance ... Learn More
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  12. Dudognon Napolean - 15Years
    Goes well with a cigar at room temperature, very fine cognac. Light shiny yellow. ... Learn More
  13. Yarra Yering Carrodus Viognier 2018
    This Viognier is sourced from some of the oldest Viognier vines in the country, planted in 1982. There are three blocks across the vineyard with varying age. Tiny yields, this fruit is hand harvested lovingly by only Yarra Yering staff, into ... Learn More
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  14. Tesseron Cognac Lot No. 90 Xo Ovation 'Selection'
    Made from the finest terroirs in Cognac –Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Petite Champagne and Fins Bois – Lot n°90's unique character comes from long ageing in oak barrels, which adds richness and complexity. Aromas of very fresh pear & quince notes ... Learn More
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  15. Bin Ends Box- Clear out the Cellar BOX 3 Whites

    We need to clear some space in the warehouse! As the Christmas rush approaches we are needing to make room and there are a few Bin End wines that need to find a good home! Nothing wrong with the ... Learn More

  16. Paul Giraud 'Vieille Reserve' Grande Champagne Cognac - 25 Years
    Soft, delicate, sweetish nose like stone fruit. Palate shows subtle, honeyed fruit, long length of plums & prunes, showing its twenty five year age. From culture to distillation, Paul Giraud gives priority to ancestral know-how to best serve the expression of ... Learn More
  17. Dudognon Reserve Des Ancetres  - 30 Years
    A full-throttle bouquet as well-defined notes of vanilla, paraffin, and ripe grapes fill the nasal cavity ... Learn More
  18. Yeringberg Yarra Valley 2018 Vintage 6 Pack

    To Celebrate Yeringberg Wines being shortlisted for Halliday's 2022 Winery Of The Year we have created an exceptional tasting package to try their latest Releases.

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    2x Yeringberg Viognier 2018
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  19. Paul Giraud 'Tres Rare' Grande Champagne Cognac - 40 Years
    A true reflection of a forty years old Cognac. Old brandy that has remained for many years in oak barrels. Its characteristics are more assertive, with aromas of rancio, cigar box, leather and spicy fragrances. Very complex nose and palate, ... Learn More
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  20. Tesseron Cognac Lot 53 XO 'Perfection'
    This cognac borders on perfection - finesse and complexity. Aromatic and heady that only years of aging in oak casks could give it. It exudes woody notes, dried fruit and tobacco. Very rich and generous. An extremely attractive cognac, opulent, ... Learn More
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  21. Paul Giraud 'Heritage' Grande Champagne Cognac  - 60 Years
    Very old eau-de-vie aged in Limousin oak barrels, with exacerbated aromas of rancio, oxidation, aging characteristics pushed to their peak. Very long on the palate, in the end sweet and tasty. From culture to distillation, Paul Giraud gives priority to ... Learn More
  22. Tesseron Cognac Lot 76 Xo Tradition (1750Ml)
    An exceptional blend of the best reserves of Grande Champagne Cognac, aged to perfection in old wood barrels. Lot 76 immediately establishes its quality at the nose: a profusion of aromas of caramelised peaches, almonds and candied fruits sublimated by a ... Learn More
  23. Cognac Tesseron Lot No. 29 Xo 'Exception'
    A unique blend of legendary Grande Champagne, the cream of our oldest and rarest stocks, lovingly aged for at least three generations. ... Learn More
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