The Family Collection Range
2018 The Wife Shiraz
Varieties: Shiraz 90 %, Viognier 10 %
Region: Fordwich and Pokolbin, Hunter Valley
Vine Age: Vines planted in 1955 and 2010
This wine is handmade for my wife Amanda, who loves aromatic and gentle reds.
Showing brilliant bright scarlet red-depth colour with a vibrant purple rim.
Opulent aromas with layer-upon-layer of floral expression – the fragrances of white-flower / jasmine flow to fuller aromas of honeysuckle, before the bolder perfumes of rose-petal open out, held in check – at this stage – by a wild-raspberry red-fruit energy. Glacé cherry aromas are here too, and oak-spices offer generous hints of vanilla and cinnamon.
Flavours are rich with velvety black fruits, showing luxurious texture and elegant softness from the high co-ferment proportion of Viognier. The black-fruit Shiraz core is deliciously long, lavishly coated with a gentle chocolatey smoothness, delivering subtle power with understated yet undeniable quality. Gentle silken tannins give the perfect degree of spicy lift and style to the finish.
Irresistible – obviously!
Drink : 2019 to 2030
James Halliday - 97 points