After the initial gold rush to replicate the success of Clonakilla’s shiraz viognier by all comers, my feeling is that some good balanced styles are starting to find their feet. Happily, with this style, the heavy handed use of viognier seems to have been dialled back over the last few years for some producers, so that I am seeing fewer plum and burnt apricot soup renditions.
Yering Station’s shiraz viognier is, I think, a good illustration of a well balanced style of shiraz viognier. A medium intensity ruby in colour, it has attractive aromatics of cedar, pepper, thyme, a smidgen of apricot flower and is starting to develop from its youthful beginnings. Pepper, savoury plums and red cherries intermingle on the palate, with balanced acidity and length rounding things out. Some lovely pepper is left on the palate by way of after taste. A balanced and precise wine that hits its price point. Good