Ravensworth Estate Shiraz Viognier 2022


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Region: Murrumbateman, Canberra District
Grapes: Shiraz, Viognier
First Glance: Brown Spices, Dark Plum, Tight Tannin, Complex
Acclaim: 94pts

The Wine:
Fermented as 15% whole bunches with the rest as whole berries in 10hl fermenters with indigenous yeast and bacteria biom. 3-6 weeks on skins. Pressed to new and used 228l French coopered barriques for one year, then transferred to 27hl foudre for the second year.

Brian's take on this beautifully fragrant blend. Just 3% viognier added at the crush pad, so all grapes are co-fermented which all the cool cats do. Always filled with flowers, spice and red fruit - 2022 was not the easiest year but the fruit charged on and delivered a wine that will emerge, change and blossom with careful cellaring - but you know it's a great young wine as well. 

The Review:
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front - 94pts
"It’s loaded with spice and florals, not overtly viognier-flexed but there’s pretty, sweet elements and a glossiness to texture that gives you an idea about the white grape inclusion. The perfume, cinnamon-clove-cardamom brown spices on red cherry, dark plum, green olive and some bergamot tea and alpine herb notes. Flavours roll similarly, quite rich in a way but a brace of tightening tannins, dusty, powdery, do well. A succulence and depth in tow. It feels premium, fine, good, concentrated, complex. A richer expression from Canberra District would be the other comment. It does the trick and well."