2016 Shiraz Viognier
There are 6 small parcels of Shiraz estate grown fruit which ripen at different times due to their varied location. When the Viognier fruit is ripe, we were able to harvest on the same day as the Shiraz in block 17. We pressed off some free run Viognier and then returned the skins to co-ferment with the Shiraz. The final wine, which is 3% Viognier, undergoes 12 months of maturation in French oak before bottling.
A dry Winter and fleeting Spring was followed by a warm growing season with welcome rainfall in December and January leading to full, healthy canopies enabling excellent yields and great flavour development.
Vibrant deep crimson with magenta hues.
Blackberries, cherries and red fruits on the medium bodied palate with layers of sugary tannin interwoven with pepper and juicy bright freshness.
Ready to drink now, although will gain complexity over the next five to eight years with careful cellaring.