With 98 points, this is the highest rated Shiraz-Viognier in the James Halliday Wine Companion 2021
"98 Points. 16yo vines, hand-picked, bunch-sorted, the varieties open-fermented together with 90% whole berries/10% whole bunches, 14 days on skins, matured for 11 months in French puncheons (25% new). The perfumed red fruit bouquet is enticing, but it's the palate that makes the wine, with flavours of black cherry and texture woven together from start to finish, the aftertaste lingering for minutes. 13.5% alc. Drink By 2039 Screwcap" James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!