Chapter Three Shiraz Viognier 2006

Region: Central Victoria
Varietal: 92% Shiraz, 8% Viognier
Alcohol: 14.5%
Best Consumed: 2009
Acidity: 6.52 TA
ph: 3.44
Sugar: 1.5
Bottled: Aug 2006

A deeply coloured rich, red wine with inky tones and ruby edges.  The 2006 Shiraz Viognier provides a powerful nose of spice and rich black fruits accented with fresh blueberries and plums with appealing, well integrated oak displaying a hint of chocolate and cinnamon.

A rich, medium to full-bodied wine with elegant spice and French oak complemented by ripe blackberries and just a hint of apricot.  The cool climate Shiraz provides richness and spice whilst the Shiraz from the milder Valley floor offers a deep, dark, brooding essence.  With a seamless palate of great poise and finesse this wine offers complexity, interest and above all the need for another glass!

Viticulturist Notes

Fruit for the Shiraz Viognier was harvested from 15 year old vines in exceptional vineyard sites within Central Victoria during April 2006.  The vineyards are situated on various soil types being sandy loam and granitic soil, which give the wine notable terroir.  Tonnages were kept low to approximately 3 tonnes/ acre to allow for quality and ripeness to exceed expectations.   

The Shiraz and Viognier were co-fermented in small open vat fermenters which were hand plunged every 8 hours for the duration of the ferment.  Once the ferment was dry, the resulting wine was pressed off the skins and given time to settle before allowing a natural secondary fermentation to commence.  Separate parcels of the wine spent 12 months in French oak, after which the final blending of select parcels took place. 

Wine Harvest Notes

The growing season in 2006 started very well with a cool spring and good rains vital during the growing season.  Harvesting began a little earlier than usual, nevertheless small berry sizes and lighter bunch weights complimented by high sugar levels produced ripe, rich and intense flavours in the berries.  By and large the fruit for the 2006 Shiraz Viognier was of exceptional quality, with the colour and flavour intensity being exceedingly apparent.


Food Recommendations:

A splendid accompaniment to roast beef, spicy sausages or a full bodied cheese.