Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Orange Mountain 1397 Shiraz Viognier 2012

The Orange region just keeps standing taller year after year. That slowly slowly approach is starting to reveal some gems in the ranks and this is well worth adding to your list if exploring what the region has to offer.

Named '1397' as a tribute to the altitude of Mt Canabolos, this Shiraz Viognier has been made by winemaker Terry Dolle for fifteen years. The wine spent 18 months in new French oak and 12 months in old oak before blending.

Give this a good swirl, a shake even to get it on the move. With air in its wings dried red flowers and jacaranda purple flower type aromas skip out of the glass. Made with 50% whole bunches (7% Viognier co-fermented), there's a generous sprinkle of black pepper and it's quite meaty. Steak pan juice like. The bunches really have an impact here adding plenty of depth and texture whilst also delivering that savoury appeal. A decent thrust of dark cherry fruit and baked raspberry fires off the second line of attack. Nice! The finish is soft and length long. Applaud now.

Cellar for up to ten.

Very good.

Region: Orange
RRP: $42
Source: Sample


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