Shiraz Viognier Adelaide Hills South Australia
From superb vineyard sites in the slightly warmer sub regions of Adelaide Hills, specifically Hahndorf and Kuitpo. Each vintage, Starvedog Lane strive to produce intensely flavoured and finely structured wines that profile the best of the Adelaide Hills cool climate, it's great aspects and free draining soils.
Shiraz is gently crushed and de-stemmed into five and ten-tonne open vat fermenters. The juice and skins are then cold soaked for three days. The Viognier was drained of free run juice and the wet skins added to the Shiraz just prior to fermentation. The ferment was tasted twice daily to monitor and optimize flavour and tannin extraction. Cap management is gentle, using a combination of plunging, pumpover and delestage techniques. The fruit is then gently basket pressed to ensure no harsh tannins and alcohol notes are imparted, followed by maturation in exclusively French oak barrels over fourteen months. All parcels are kept separate until the final assemblage, fining and filtration in winter. Alcohol 13.5%
Deep red in colour. The nose displays the highly fragrant bouquet of a great Shiraz Viognier. Vibrant red berry fruits mix with spice and crushed, dried herbs, these aromatics are complexed by a background of vanillin sweetness. This wine shows an amazing vibrancy of layered plum, blueberry and dark red fruit flavours on the palate, both plush and textured, waves of fruit sweetness are framed by fine mouth-coating tannins. The use of Burgundian coopers add savoury characters of spice and dark chocolate. A ratio of 5% Viognier was co-fermented with the Shiraz, fashioned with fruit purity and elegance foremost in mind. Starvedog Lane offers wonderful focus through to an elegant and persistent finish.