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2015 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier

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If this is not one of the great bargains going round, then I truly am a monkeys uncle. No great surprise either as if you put Clonakilla winemaker Bryan Martin with superb Canberra fruit, then you will get fireworks. Robust complex cranberry, spicy fruit, fine tannins and a beautiful long finish – the kind of wine you want to nurse curled up in front of an open fire. Get it while you can!

Winemaker's Notes

Perfect growing conditions throughout the 2015 season have set the scene for one beautiful Shiraz Viognier. Headily perfumed with all manner of spice, flower and red fruit, this wine is as exotic a Shiraz as I've seen. Right on middle weight with layers of fine tannin finishing with a burst of spice.

Food: Lamb and stronger beef cuts work with this wine. A long braised lamb shank with middle-eastern spices comes to mind as a particularly nice combo. If you are into food trucks, hand-made tacos filled with shredded meat, chilli and salsa would also be a particularly nice way of having this wine.

Cellaring: 5-10 years, longer if you like those more mature flavours. Really is gorgeous now but will get more interesting as time rolls by.

Varieties: Shiraz (95%) Viognier (5%)

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2015 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier

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Wine Companion (2015 Vintage) says
Not content with his workplace at Clonakilla, Bryan Martin makes wine at home as well. Completely obsessed with Canberra shiraz viognier, his latest effort from '15 is a blinder, mid-dark red colour, complex and deeply scented, the palate is seamless, powerful and graceful.
Drink by 2030
Mike Bennie (2015 Vintage) says
Whoa. That perfume. That amaro and belt of spice through the palate. That silkiness. That medium weight and build of light sinewy tannin. That gloss. That fruit purity. It’s just brilliant. Strong scents of dark cherry, blueberries, rose petal, anise, alpine herbs. Effortless glide with good concentration of flavour rolls long through to its satiny conclusion. Beautiful wine. Go at this with a full tilt sprint, not a run, don’t walk.
2016 - 2025
Mike Bennie (2016 Vintage) says
Someone asked me the other day something to the tune of ‘who are the next generation of newer generation producers who will truly create a legacy in Australian wine, not just those in the avant garde creating waves now, but making wines and wine styles that will sustain and be part of the fabric of ‘fine wine’ culture in Australia’s future’, or something to that thought. I came to a few, Mac Forbes, Luke Lambert, Syrahmi (Adam Foster), Sami-Odi (Fraser McKinley), but it feels only like a handful at present, and sure, there are possibly more to come… but I would put Ravensworth and Bryan Martin firmly in the list. No misses from him. Building a formidable argument to prestige. Beautiful, delicious wine this. Silken texture, tightly wound but with a give of mouthwatering fruit flavour and incredible, harem-like perfume of pot pourri, fangipani, red fruits, incense and garam masala spice. That texture, whoa, Canberra District’s greatest ally when shiraz (with or without viognier) is on song – sleek, sheathed in finest lacy tannins, long and so fine. It’s joyous in fruit expression but shows savoury, spicy detail and finishes with a floral, pretty mouth perfume that lingers. So good.
2017 - 2027
Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
Excellent colour with a bright ruby rim. Blackberry,floral, apricot and spice notes with a peppery savoury edge. The palate has good construction of just ripe fruit flavours with a viognier lift and the tannins are firm in the middle palate and need a little time to soften and unlock the black berry fruit. Drink after 2015.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
First hail, then rain, endeavoured to destroy the crop, but only succeeded in sharply reducing the yield. It is strikingly fragrant, with spice, red fruits and the often talked about, but rarely seen (by me) Violet. The polished, medium-bodied palate picks up the flavour cues of the bouquet, and tops and tails then with some very attractive savoury nuances.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Very Supple and measured, with a heady, floral and almost exaggerated bouquet whose bright aromas of raspberries, blackberries and blackcurrants are knit with fresh cedar/vanilla oak, laced with nuances of brir and white pepper, but rather overshadowed by viognier-derived scents of flowers and stonefruit. Medium to full-bodied, it's elegant and sweetly fruited, with vibrant flavours of red, blue and black berries, cherries and fresh oak underpinned by fine tannins and wrapped in a lively acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
This has a wealth of complex pepper and would easily pass itself off as a Northern Rh_ne resident on the basis of the twirling, cool spiciness that floats from the glass. There s grapefruit pith here too, some gingerbread, blackberry, dark chocolate and cherry too _ very complex. The palate s elegant, contained and very balanced, with a juicy acid presence that holds flavour bright amid fine, fine tannins and a surge of tangy energy through the finish. Quite a wine.
Good Wine Guide 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light to medium crimson-purple; the bright, fragrant bouquet, with its blend of red berries and spices lifted by the impact of the 5% viognier, leads into a palate with cherry and raspberry fruit of Bet by some savoury herbal characters. A very good outcome for a challenging vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A little reduction on opening, but beneath lie layers of dark fruit, spice and attractive floral nuances; the palate is fresh and lively, with acid driving the core and black and red fruits, with a strong, roasted meat character, accentuating the savoury finish; a generous, yet medium-bodied style.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A most attractive wine, with lifted red fruit contribution from the viognier component; the tannins (briefly an issue) are fine, and the oak perfectly balanced and integrated. All in all elegance. Retasted at Winewise '09 (from whence this note originates), top gold medal in its class.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Brian Martin's take on the shiraz-viognier theme has some savoury earthy notes and toasty grilled nut complexity; it's cool and measured. The palate reveals some terrific power and richness; fine tannins precipitate down through rich plum and cherry flavours, finishing with toasty oak char.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
If there's a region whose shiraz performs well with viognier, it's Canberra - as the superlative Clonakilla routinely shows. There's something a bit nebbiolo-esque about this wine. It has lots of tannin and a certain contemplative nature - its charms are by no means up-front. It smells strongly of cloves and blackberries and tastes of them too, though there's a cherried lightness. This isn't thick or syrupy; rather, it saves its biggest hit for the finish.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
The Canberra district wine region is fiercely continental -which means it's an inland region that's characterised by both cold nights and warm days. Water is scarce in the region, and there is significant threat of spring frost. It's tough going, but the results can be superb. 2006 RELEASE Vigorous, juicy, quality wine, full of galloping flavour. It races through the mouth and sucks you back for more (I swear officer, it was the wine's fault!). Lots of spice, lots of aniseed-like flavour, flashes of lavender and vanilla and racy, lacy tannins. A complete wine, and a lovely one. DRINK 2008-2013.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
From peppery spicy to red berry fruit, they are all elegant, ripe and juicy with an increasingly good core of soft tannins and length of finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Typical bright colour; light- to medium-bodied, with vigorous plum and blackberry fruit plus that twist which viognier gives; soft tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007

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