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Alkoomi Black Label Shiraz Viognier

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Alkoomi are renown for turning out awesome reds, and this shiraz viognier is yet another feather in their cap. Aromas of ripe dark cherries and berries climb out of the glass, along with whiffs of pepper spice, star anise and mocha. The palate is medium to fuller-bodied, with a juicy, sweetly-fruited centre, a solid line of tannins, and a spicy, savoury-edged finish. This will kick on for a few more years in the cellar, or you could just crack a bottle tonight with some roast lamb.

Winemaker's Notes

There are 4 parcels of Shiraz, one of which is co-fermented with Viognier, which are used for the 2013 Shiraz Viognier. The batches are cold soaked, fermented to dryness and undergo malolactic fermentation in tank. The resulting wine, which is 5% Viognier, undergoes 18 months of maturation in French oak, one third of which is new, before bottling.

2013 saw the earliset start on record due to a dry spell from November through to February. Fortunately, we had vibrant, healthy canopies to protect the fruit in the summer heat, resulting in the fruit being of the highest quality.

Deep ruby with magenta hues.

Intense flavours of fresh cherries are interwoven with dark chocolate and savoury spices. The long and even palate is supported with chewy tannins and culminates in a soft juicy finish.

Ready to drink now, this wine will develop further complexity with five to eight years of cellaring.

Alc/Vol: 14.4%

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Alkoomi Black Label Shiraz Viognier

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Estate-grown, with 5% viognier co-fermented, matured in French oak (20% new) for 18 months. There's a lot of wine here for the money, the complex bouquet arresting and complex, with red and black fruits and multi-spices leading into a medium to full-bodied palate that is a three-dimensional replay of the bouquet, tannins and oak providing gravitas. Exceptional value.
Australian Wine Companion
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Licorice and aniseed mix with sweet cassis fruit on both nose and palate. Good drinking.
Winestate May/Jun
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
An elegant, polished and measured shiraz blend whose estery, spicy perfume of sweet black and red berries, musky, briary undertones and five spice is assertively backed by chocolate/cedar/vanilla oak. Its long, smooth and faintly herbal palate of juicy small berry fruit is supported by fine tannins and reveals nuances of underbrush and dried herbs. It finishes savoury, with a pleasing length of flavour and lingering note of licorice.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Seductive and immediately captivating perfumed aromas largely a result of the addition of some viognier. It brings that shiraz to life on the nose while adding some structure firmness. Lovely spicy savoury flavours, with fine integrated tannin and astute use of oak. It’s a very good wine certainly at this price.
WA Wine Guide 2013
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Good for the money, viognier adds a delicate note to the shiraz which according to the vintage varies from crushed black pepper to blackberry and raspberry.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light, bright, crimson-purple; the spicy, red berry bouquet leads into a juicy, medium-bodied palate, with red and black cherry fruit, touches of pepper and cedary oak imparted by 16 months in French barrels.
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Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition

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