96 pts James Halliday
Some wines have such distinct DNA. This is one of them. It packs so many layers of flavour and depth, yet never moves much beyond medium body. It smells of a souk market; spicy, peppery and exotic. It’s replete with dark fruit, wood char and a touch of wintergreen. Raw silk tannins matched to a neat acid line give freshness, vibrancy and a promise it will last some distance yet.
The Shiraz Viognier is the flagship wine, a careful selection of the best of the Shiraz Viognier parcels we craft each year from the Murrumbateman vineyard.
A hail storm on January 9 gave us plenty to worry about, reducing what was already a small crop.
Mercifully, the vines recovered well. A brilliant ripening season followed, marked by a run of gorgeous weather in the crucial late Summer/early Autumn.
94% Shiraz, 6% Viognier – Opulent aromas of roses, violets and layered spices, ripe berries of every hue. Perfectly formed tannins frame complex fruit flavors across the palate. This wine will age magnificently.