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Yarra Yarra Vineyard Syrah Viognier

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Yarra Yarra Vineyard Syrah Viognier

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James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Elegant wine, with strongly spicy /peppery overtones to the bright red berry fruit flavours; cedary oak and fine, savoury tannins complete the picture.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Hard, raw and meaty, with a spicy, wild and brambly bouquet of violets, cassis, dark cherries and plums backed by cedar/chocolate/vanilla oak and meaty, oxidative undertones. It's very powerful, but delivers a raw, rather cooked and hard-edged palate whose dehydrated, overcooked flavours of currant, plums and raisins lacks fruit sweetness, finishing with suggestions of varnish and aldehyde.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Very, very rich, yet reflects its alcohol; classic blackberry and spice with firm tannins, and has swallowed up the viognier; redefines the taste borders of Yarra Valley shiraz
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Clonakilla has some genuine competition. This ripe, complex and spicy red has a musky, meaty bouguet of wild, briary dark fruits over pungent hints of polished leather, heady spices and deep scents of apricot blossom. Steeped in dark cherries and plums, it's powerful and assertive but smooth and pliant, with undertones of minerals and briar. Framed by pliant, but powdery tannins, it finishes long and savoury, with just a hint of ultra-ripeness.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
96
Angus Hughson (2005 Vintage) says
Ian makes this in an overtly French style (hence Syrah), drawing on the site similarities between his vineyard and the northern RhÒne. It's intended for longer term ageing than most similar blends.
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; light- to medium-bodied; elegant, spicy, fresh red fruits with viognier lift, and not threatened by alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Very herbaceous and rather funky for its vibrant but modest impression of fruit. Its spicy floral perfume is quite viognier-driven at this time, with pronounced aromas of honeysuckle, sweet red berries, dark plums and cherries over restrained cedary oak. Framed by firm, grippy tannins, its smooth and savoury palate of lively dark berry/plum fruit overlies meaty, dusty and herbal nuances, finishing with a slightly sappy and metallic aspect.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Intense anise, spice and apricot overlay to blackberry and plum fruit; medium to full-bodied; rich and round; fine tannins, quality oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Very green, geranium-like aromas of spicy red berry and cassis-like shiraz fruit with very evident viognier-derived aromatics and undertones of cedary oak. Astringent and assertive, its palate is however quite confectionary, green-edged and sappy, lacking the depth of ripe fruit to complement its extract and powerful reductive influences.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
83
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Ultra-fragrant Viognier lift; refined, elegant and smooth; sotto voce style.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; fragrant spice and blackberry fruit with some French oak in the background are followed by a medium to full-bodied palate, with supple, mouthfilling fruit, ripe tannins and positive but harmonious oak. Ninety-eight per cent Shiraz and 2 per cent Viognier; 40 per cent new French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
92

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