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Tuesday 22 March 2011

Grove Estate Cellar Block Shiraz Viognier 2009

If you see the words Shiraz Viognier and Tim Kirk you're bound to get a little excited.  But that doesn't do justice to the Grove Estate team and their fruit, in Tim Kirk's own words "The Grove Estate fruit is fantastic, it's not difficult to make really good wine when you're dealing with such terrific raw materials." 

Speaking with Brian Mullany about this wine he commented that they believe the 2010, just bottled, to be even better!

Turning the screw on this 2009, the Viognier was immediately apparent, with the lifted aromatics passing down the nasal passage.  Gloriously purple hued, after a double decant the wine smells of Hilltops Shiraz - and my limited experience of that place - there's a meld of black fruits, spice and even a touch of clove on first introduction.  Over time there's a touch of roasted meat juice and cherry too.

In the mouth, it's soft, medium bodied - silken is not over-descriptive of the wine.  It finishes long.  There's little tannin to call out, the finish is persistent, a touch of the cool climate peppery spice driving to a conclusion.

Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap


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