2006 De Bortoli Estate Yarra Valley Shiraz Viognier
currant, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, honey, orange, mango, kiwi and tangerine
spice box, cedar, dark fruit, orange blossom, acacia, violet, anise and mint
"Vibrant purple in colour. Rich, lifted perfumed white pepper Shiraz fruit with subliminal complexing floral Viognier hints. Full fruit palate with berries, pepper and subtle appearance of oak. The small addition of Viognier has contributed complexity, whilst maintaining tightness and detail." - Winery
"Shiraz Viognier vines are cane-pruned to 20 buds and are shoot thinned to ensure that each vine yields around 15 bunches. Fruit is hand picked and sorted. A combination of whole bunches, whole berries, crushed fruit and 5% Viognier are gravity tipped to open fermenters. The fruit is then allowed to ferment naturally with indigenous yeast. Over 18-20 days, both hand and foot plunging is used to gently extract colour and flavour. The grapes are pressed and settled for 24 hours before racking to cask (30% of which are new) for MLF and maturation. After 10 months, wine is gravity racked and then bottled." - Winery
This wine was also rated 89 Points by the Wine Advocate.