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Ballast Stone Currency Creek Ostrich Hill Shiraz Viognier

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The Ballast Stone brand keeps on growing with the Shaw family now owning over 160 acres in the Currency Creek region of South Australia. These are single vineyard wines that display varietal characteristics of fruit grown in the Fleurieu Peninsula. This classic Rhone blend uses the white grape Viognier to add aromatics and soften the palate weight so expect a wine that’s fragrant, spicy and soft. It’s full of blackberry, plum and spice and well-integrated American oak.

Winemaker's Notes

Ostriches were once farmed on the hillside opposite the very first shiraz vines planted in the Currency Creek Wine Region. Over 40 years old, these aged vines have outlasted the gracious birds and consistently produce fruit with elegant and lifted varietal fruit characters.

Our 2011 Shiraz portrays generous rounded plum and blackberry characters, has fine tannin structure and finishes with a hint of toasted American oak from 15 months barrel maturation.

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Ballast Stone Currency Creek Ostrich Hill Shiraz Viognier

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
An attractive array of savoury, spicy dark berry fruits; light- to medium-bodied; thins fractionally on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
medium-bodied; good balance and length; red fruits, subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86

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