2017 Hunter Valley Shiraz Viognier
Variety: Shiraz (95%) | Viognier (5%)
Region: Hunter Valley
Vine Age: 40+ years old
Impressively deep colour, dense red/black, showing a vibrant crimson rim.
The nose is powerful with the commanding authority of black cherry Shiraz aromas (95%), as well as honeysuckle and floral perfumes of Viognier ( 5%). Deluxe French oak simmers softly in the background, contributing spicier accents of vanilla, cinnamon, and fine, bergamont-tinged black tea. Flavours are dense and smooth, with the magic of Shiraz and Viognier co-fermentation; the black cherry and black raspberry core flavours are sublimely softened be chocolatey roundness, generating a plush unity of fruit and tannin. Fine oak provides gentle support throughout, a tightly packed foundation with lovely balance and depth.
This will be a vintage to remember, with stellar harvesting conditions and fruit condition, this Shiraz-Viognier already shows delightfully fresh expression and charm, appealing for immediate drinking or medium term cellaring.
Drink: Now to 2023.
Food Match: Slow cooked meats, pizza, or risotto.