We all know the style; it’s just an assessment of quality within it. First impression was that this Shiraz-Viognier blend is just a little too sweet, floral and jammy; second impression was that it’s a bloody magnificent rendition of the sweet, floral and jammy style. It builds like a wave and crashes down through a forceful, tannic, lengthy finish. It’s no doubt port-like but it achieves its aims quite magnificently; high alcohol doesn’t prove an issue. 95 points, Campbell Mattinson (winefront.com.au).
Pure indulgence. If you thought this quirky blend couldn’t be too serious, then lash out on this old vine descendant plot of Shiraz fermented over Viognier skins, which delivers superpower ‘shirazplus’ with astounding concentration and oak integration, then a subtle fragrance built in, stonefruit edges on dark plums with peppery senses. Decant, drink over several nights or cellar for greater pleasure. Tony Love, Daily Telegraph, Sydney.
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.