This is a remarkable wine, and must be placed among the very best shiraz viogners being made in Australia. We now have a wonderful spectrum of this style, from the etherial, elegant and savoury, to the rich, luscious and bold; this wine belongs towards the latter end of the scale.
Colour is deep red/purple. Nose shows chocolate, plums, savouriness, and a slight floral tinge of violets.
The palate is opulant, rich and full bodied. There are blueberries, ripe plums, a slight tang of apricot, savouriness, chocolate and peppery spices. The whole is supported by velvet smooth, but firm, powdery and drying tannins. The finish is long and and luscious, capped by the drying tannins and soft peppery spice.
The wine is astutely matured in old oak so that the fruit complexity is allowed to retain centre stage. It’s a full bodied wine, at 14.5% alcohol, that discreetly manages to avoid any overt jammy fruit characters. This wine comes from the Turners Crossing 40 hectare vineyard at Bendigo that was planted in 1999.
You could expect a wine with such stylish and delicious characters to cost at least twice the price of this; that’s why this wine is an absolute must have for your cellar.
Food: Try it with a daube of beef, or lamb shanks, with mash and vegetables.