Perfect growing conditions throughout the 2015 season have set the scene for one beautiful shiraz viognier. Headily perfumed with all manner of spice, flower and red fruit, this wine is as exotic a shiraz as I've seen. Right on middle weight with layers of fine tannin finishing with a burst of spice.
I always think lamb and stronger beef cuts work with this wine. A long braised lamb shank with middle-eastern spices comes to mind as a particularly nice combo. If you are into food trucks, those small hand-made tacos filled with shredded meat, chilli and salsa would be a particularly nice way of having this wine.
5-10 years, longer if you like those more mature flavours. Really is gorgeous now but will get more interesting as time rolls by.
VARIETIES Shiraz (95%) viognier (5%)
VINEYARD Our estate
VINE AGE 17 years
SOIL Duplex, decomposed granite, red loamy clay
VINTAGE NOTES A perfect year, full stop.
WINEMAKING NOTES One batch 30% whole bunches, five day maceration, warm ferment and then two weeks on-skins. Batch two, whole berry, and similar ferment dynamics. Matured in 30% new and seasoned 500l French oak puncheon. Un-filtered, un-fined, in fact I can't remember doing much to this wine at all given the perfection of the fruit.
ANALASIS pH3.8 TA 5.8g/l, FSO2 25ppm.
BOTTLED May 2016
PRODUCTION 650 dozen