Shiraz Viognier

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Shiraz Viognier

Darker and a deeper concentration with a spice driven aroma, less floral than the 2015 but still very fragrant with those exotic herbs and red fruit flavours. I really like the palate here, so silky and smooth and it builds all the time. This will definitely cellar well for around the 10 year mark but onwards if you like them old and crusty

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  18 years

SOIL  Duplex, decomposed granite, red loamy clay 

SLOPE  Varied

VINTAGE NOTES  a bit tricky but some well timed rain helped us get through the searingly hot summer.

WINEMAKING NOTES  Similar to last year, open ferments with 30% whole cluster and 5% co-fermented viognier, warmish, 28-29C, plunged down two or three times a day and left on-skins for about three weeks then into 500l puncheons for 12 months. No additions or encouragement. Unfined and unfiltered.

ANALASIS  pH3.8 TA 5.7g/l, FSO2 26.5ppm. 

BOTTLED  May 2017

PRODUCTION  630 dozen