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2013 Yering Station Shiraz Viognier

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Yering Station have become one of the few wineries in Australia to have managed to pull off this blend. It’s difficult to master because the more Viognier you add the more perfumed the Shiraz becomes, then the less you add and the perfume and structure can be lost. This is fragrant with dark fruits and spice and perfumed with pepper and violets before a structured and precise palate that is generous and long. Classic Shiraz Viognier that would only be improved by a fine cut of steak.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Dark red

Nose: Intoxicating mix of black berry fruit and Peruvian spices. Subtle yet intriguing lift of rose petal

Palate: Satsuma plum and dark cherry provide a fruit core. Savoury spice and French oak enhance the richness and complexity. The co-fermentation of Shiraz and Viognier give this cool climate Shiraz a lushness and plump centre. This supported by fine tannins and a velvet like finish provide drinkability and longevity

Alc/vol: 13.8%

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2013 Yering Station Shiraz Viognier

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Bright hue; red cherries and spices play tip and run on the expressive and inviting bouquet; the palate texture a mix of silk and taffeta, the juicy gently spiced red fruit flavours a sheer delight. A first class now or later style.
Drink by 2033
95
Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
Yering Station’s “standard” Shiraz Viognier is still delivering the goods. Immaculate wine. Succulent but stern with tannin, plum-drenched but creamy and floral. Spice in the background. It feels, smells and tastes good, and also has a bit of gravity. It will develop, well, over quite a long time – in the way that well-balanced, mid-weight, well-composed reds have a tremendous tendency to do.
2016 - 2030
93
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Co-fermented with viognier and matured in a mix of new and used French barriques, the colour bright and clear; it is an unqualified success, with vibrant red cherry and plum fruit, fine tannins and integrated oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light, bright hue; the bouquet is highly fragrant, clearly a function of the viognier; the medium-bodied palate is full to the brim with vibrant black and red cherry fruit, leaving just enough space for the French oak and fine-grained tannins to add their contribution.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
96
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Expressive, floral and white pepper spicy aromas. Appealing middle palate of ripe blackberry & raspberry, softly textured with feathery tannins with a peppery spice. Elegant fine style for the price. Deliciously drinkable now and devastating value.
2018
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson; a supremely fragrant bouquet with red and black cherry fruit interwoven with allspice, the immaculately constructed and balanced palate, with fine, faintly savoury, tannins and a blessing of French oak, once again proves Yering Station’s mastery of the style.
James Halliday Top 100, 2010
96
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Yering’s famous SV is about to get an exciting facelift (and price hike) so don’t miss the last chance to partake of its opulent liquorice, sarsaparilla, cola and spice joy while it’s still up for grabs. Great fruit presence lingers amid finely structured tannins on a long finish.
2011-2016
Wine Taste - Edition 31
93
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Charming and fragrant, lifted by a viognier-driven perfume of spicy, heady floral notes of sweet blackberries, cassis and dark plums augmented by hints of stonefrut, musk and sweet vanilla oak. It's smooth, supple and elegant, with a pristine brightness of fruit tightly knit with oak and dusty tannin, but lacks great palate length.
The Australian Wine Annual
90
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This Yarra Valley shiraz is cofermented with viognier to add complex swirling, spicy aromatics, deepen the colour and add palate texture to boot. Smells of smoky cherry and berry fruits, some toasty nuances, roasted game meats and decidedly smoked wild herbs. The palate's bright, light and juicy, with a solid hit of fine tannin, mixed red- and dark-berry flavours, hints of plum and gentle savoury grip to close.
2014
The Good Wine Guide
91
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Expressive, floral and white pepper spicy aromas. Appealing middle palate of ripe blackberry & raspberry, softly textured with feathery tannins with a peppery spice. Elegant fine style for the price. Deliciously drinkable now and devastating value.
2018
Rob Geddes MW
90
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Sweet scents of red and black berries, dark plums and floral notes, cloves and cinnamon, with apricot-like aromas precede a fresh, smooth and juicy palate. Moderately long and fine-grained, it's supple, pliant and creamy, with intense berry flavours firmly supported by loose-knit tannins finishing with flavours of dark plums and berries backed by creamy vanilla oak. Its viognier is just a shade overt.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple; the frost and smoke-ravaged '07 vintage resulted in a journey to Heathcote to bolster the make; sensitive and experienced winemaking has produced the goods, even if the wine is more luscious than the usual more elegant style
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
Among the best under this label to date; a remarkable feat given the tiny Yarra harvest after drought, frost and hail. Heathcote made up the difference, creating a savoury, meaty, spicy and peppery style with dark berry fruits and fine, textural tannins.
94
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Expressive, floral and spicy, intensely flavoured, softly textured with feathery tannins. Deliciously drinkable and devastating value.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
This is usually made from Yarra Valley grapes (only) but because of frost and bushfire damage, grapes from nearby-ish Heathcote were brought in to bolster the wine. If you look very hard, you can taste traces of bushfire smoke in this wine - though Clreally, you have to be keen to self-flagellate. For the rest of us, it's a juicy, flavoursome wine with a big Yum-factor. Cherries, plums, spice and creamy, cedary oak. Drink it as a youngster ... with charred kebabs.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Great colour, and a perfumed bouquet to a vibrant and fresh wine, the viognier lift working to perfection with the medium-bodied fruit; long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Expressive, floral and spicy, intensely flavoured, softly textured with feathery tannins. Deliriously drinkable and devastating value.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
90
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This shows cool restraint, dried plums and sweet spices, a little liquorice too, the oak sits savoury behind. Plenty of dark fruit and deep blackberry flavour; bright, fresh medium-weighted palate, with raspberry fruit flavour and light tannins, finishing fine and elegant.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
91
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A spicy, meaty northern Rhone blend, with a lightly minty presence of sweet cassis, blackberry and mulberry fruit laced with exotic notes of cinnamon, clove and black pepper. Backed by smooth, creamy oak and fine-grained undercarriage of powdery tannin, it's medium to full in weight, long and vibrant, with lingering meaty notes and a savoury finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
92
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
A pioneer in the push to affordable, cool-climate shiraz viognier. This is on the money again. 2006 RELEASE The flavours are all about sweet, savoury fruit but the wine's main game is its texture, which is syrupy soft and, simply, seriously seductive. It means that the wine works on three levels: as a savoury food wine, as a drink worthy of contemplation, and as a simple act of vinous seduction. All good in my books. DRINK 2008-2012.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Deep but brilliant colour leads into a wine flush with blackberry, cherry and spice lifted by the unmistakable perfume of viognier. Ripe, rounded tannins and immaculate oak complete the parcel
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Expressive, floral and spicy, intensely flavoured, softly textured with feathery tannins. Deliciously drinkable and devastating value.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Typical bright purple-red; medium-bodied, lively, spicy/juicy berry fruit with sensitive oak and ripe tannins; one of the role models for this combination. Gold medal National Wine Show '05.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Deeply aromatic and flavoured, this silky-fine, smooth and stylish red tightly marries the best of both varieties with some pleasing reductive complexity. Its meaty, charcuterie-like aromas of blackberries, dark plums, plain chocolate and cinnamon/clove spices are lifted by fresh, blueberry-like nuances. Medium to full in weight, with piercing cherry, plum and berry flavours backed by restrained cedar/chocolate/vanilla oak, It's framed by smooth but firm tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
91
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Expressive, floral and spicy, intensely flavoured, softly textured with feathery tannins. Deliciously drinkable and devastating value.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
86
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; typically fragrant, with sweet red and black fruits; nicely balanced tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A smooth, silky and approachable blend whose juicy expression of vibrant sweet terry fruit, exotic spices and restrained cedar/vanilla oak are wrapped in soft, fine tannins. It's musky and floral bursting with pristine fruit, and finishes fine and savoury. Its viognier is moderately assertive, and the wine just lacks the length for a higher rating.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
92
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
The very cool vintage required the skilled viticulture and winemaking evident in this fragrant, ultra-complex mix of spice, licorice and black fruits, with fine, silky tannins and equally fine French oak. Fantastic value.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
95
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Perfumed, spicy aromas of cinnamon, apricot blossom, rose petals, black pepper and cloves over deep, dark and briary scents of redcurrants and blackberries with a meaty element beneath. Smooth and creamy, long and vibrant, its pristine, measured palate of pure dark berry flavours finishes with velvet-smooth tannins and lingering spicy fruits. A fine example of what the Yarra Valley might well be doing more of.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
94
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Fragrant, lively and fresh; a brilliant array of red and black fruits accentuated by the Viognier; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
94

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