Serrat Shiraz Viognier 2019
Bold silky succulent and plush, just as this style should be. There’s a nice lifted spicy character working well with the juicy fragrant raspberry fruit and floral notes. The champion is the intense well-structured palate that Tom delivers year in year out.
This wine is from the Shiraz block planted in 2003 with Viognier from the original 2001 plantings. There are two clones in the block, Best’s Old Block sourced from the original plantings at Best’s Great Western in 1868 and clone 1654, a Barossa selection. The Viognier is from cuttings at Yarra Yering, that l cut personally in 2000, Dr Carrodus told me he had personally taken them from Chateau Grillet in Condrieu in the 60’s. Highly illegal at the time…..
The nose is detailed and fragrant, loaded with spicy red and blue fruits and a lick of ginger and spice from the Viognier. Dense and expressive, there is so much going on here; violets and perfume and a heady mix of Asian spice and black pepper.