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Maxwell Four Roads Shiraz Grenache Viognier

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It's an intriguing blend this one, a quirky mix that works out rather nicely. It takes big old Mclaren vale Shiraz (a rich and well proportioned beast) and marries it with juicy Grenache (a round but firmish creature) and throws in some floral and fruity Viognier (the odd bod of the blend) to craft something really attractive, with rich Mclaren Vale flavours and nice soft edges.

Winemaker's Notes

A dark red-crimson colour, this wine exhibits sweet raspberry and blueberry alongside delicate rose petal aromas, with a very light dusting of pepper, complemented by savoury undertones.

For this wine, Shiraz and Viognier are co-fermented, then later blended with Grenache. The palate exhibits an elegant savoury and earthy spice with dark cherry, raspberry and mulberry, wrapped in fine silky tannins. This blend is a versatile wine to accompany many different meals and occasions.

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Maxwell Four Roads Shiraz Grenache Viognier

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Impressive spicy depth to the dark berry nose and huge satisfying cherry/cola palate with lovely, ripe tannins.
Winestate Magazine, Mar/Apr
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Slight Christmas cake characters to the nose, and a palate with sweet concentrated fruit, very nice use of oak and mild tannins allowing early drinking.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A ripe and hearty red that smells of red fruits and plums, some blackberry and a hint of passionfruit skin. The palate's working along similar lines of flavour, with open-knit tannins, soft flesh and approachable appeal.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A perfumed bouquet leads into a light- to medium-bodied and quite fresh palate; the 5% viognier was co-fermented with the shiraz, the 10% grenache blended later. The blend is doubtless based on the Rhone parentage of the varieties, and works quite well.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Quite perfumed red and slightly spicy; raspberry with a hint of apricot from the viognier provide a juicy fine wine, underpinned by a steely backbone of dark shiraz fruit; very good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Ripe and chocolaty nose, with raisined-like fruit, and zesty, warm and balanced in the mouth, with drying, grippy tannins.
Winestate 20082009
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
This is mostly shiraz (eighty-eight per cent) with bits of grenache and (the white grape) viognier to help get the aromas jumping. It's worked pretty well. 2005 RELEASE I dare say this would have been tough work without the softening influences of grenache and viognier. It smells good but the tannins are firm (too much so) and the warmth of the alcohol noticeable. What I do like though, is the intensity of the cherry-plummed fruit, here shot through with notes of spice and sand. The wine probably needs another eighteen months to provide more mellow drinking, DRINK 2009-2011.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Excellent colour, the benison of viognier; fragrant, juicy raspberry, plum and blackberry fruit; lively mouthfeel, good tannins; the strange blend works well.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006

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