Yering Station Reserve Shiraz Viognier 2021
There is just 2% of Viognier, co-fermented with the Shiraz, but it is evident in these early days. Various plots used, including one which has been key to the blend for almost a decade, with fifteen months in oak, a mix of 500 litre puncheons and 228 litre barriques, 22% new. A vibrant purple, there are gorgeous aromatics here; florals, the merest whiff of apricots from the Viognier, but expect this to integrate into the wine in the next year or two, white pepper, an array of spices, beetroot juice, cassis and root vegetables. A palate saturated in flavours with a flick of oak. Great intensity, length and a lovely supple texture. This will be a joy over the next eight to ten years and will improve over that time – indeed, the longer you leave it, the better it will be. Silky tannins too, this is delicious.