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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Grove Estate Shiraz Viognier 2010

For the techs amongst you: 8 day ferment in two tonne open fermenters, 20% whole bunch Shiraz; plunged 3-4 times per day - Shiraz and Viognier together - straight out of the fermenters into barrel.  Mostly hogsheads, 100% French oak, of which 30% is new, across a range of Coopers.

The wine, familiar aromatic lift of Apricot and violets from the 6% - 100% whole bunch - Viognier - added on top of the Shiraz.  I initially served this too cold, suppressing these gentle aromas - instead bringing out some pan juices, and an almost charry aroma.

Entry, whilst smooth, isn't the same silken scarf as the 2009.  And you start to see things a little differently.  The 2010 exhibits the same fruit laden body of the '09, 20% whole bunch Shiraz  assists to keep this fruit up; yet there's also greater depth to the wine.  Things have been turned up a notch over the previous vintage.

The finish, long.  Persistent, peppery finish - the hallmark of cooler climate Shiraz.  A touch of tannin presents itself early on, nigh chalky.

Over two days the wine shifted a little, giving an indication of some mid-term cellaring potential.  The body showed greater depth.  Losing a little of the primary fruit character, there was this intensity, a blackness, some old leather.  The pepper had pared back a notch, yet still a persistent, intense finish.

A great follow up to the 2009, but for the drinker some time to open up is rewarded.  For the patient individual with the wherewithal to cellar, 5-7 years at a possible conservative estimate would be richly rewarded.

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


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