Cockfighter's Ghost Shiraz Viognier
Cockfighter’s Ghost AKA Poole’s Rock have certainly come a long wine since making their first wines in 1988. Now they are up to 5 stars in James Hallidays’ Wine guide, which is no mean feat, and this is a very tasty little Shiraz Viongier blend.
It just has to be said that Shiraz and Viognier certainly make strange bedfellows with the deeply coloured and flavoured Shiraz given a subtle boost by adding just a little slippery Viognier giving some perfume to the blend. If I didn’t know better I’d think the winemakers at Cockfighter’s Ghost had a gone a little loopy but this works an absolute treat. Ripe blackberry fruit with a little floral lift finishing like a set of new Egyptian silk sheets.
Aroma: Lifted violets, plum and apricot
Palate: The palate brims with rich plum and black pepper flavours backed by a dark cherry sweetness. Silky viognier tannins contribute both elegant balance and length complemented by the fruit power of the spicy shiraz and soft integration of vanillin French oak.