Shiraz Viognier Langhorne & McLaren South Australia
Piebald is a reference to co fermentation of black grapes with white, an old world tradition which has been enthusiastically adopted by the canniest of Australia's winemakers. Viognier carries a measure of phenolic tannin grip, imparting blackness of colour and deep, savoury tannins. The highly perfumed Shiraz Viognier style was famously described by a UK impresario as smelling like a lady's handbag yet tasting like a man's wallet, exactly the effect that Mr Riggs is aiming for. Match with game fowl or duck, roasted spring lamb or spiced venison bangers.
A good proportion of the fruit is sourced from Piebald Gully vineyard, owned by Mr. Riggs himself. Located in Clarendon, a subregion of McLaren Vale, it is the coolest point in the district and produces elegant spice characters that prove to be a feature of this wine. Vines are arch cane pruned, yield low tonnages, on sand over limestone impregnated clays. The balance of fruit is from mates vineyards that have been nurtured with similar care, all brought together to construct an essential expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz. Components are co-fermented with Viognier skins to enhance aromatics while contributing apricot and spice flavours on the palate. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep in colour, almost black. Perfumed with apricots, licorice and spice, a pretty, fragrant wine. Sweet and juicy, velvet textured palate. Viognier plays an important role, infusing the palate with luscious chocolate box characters and a myriad of evolving, sweetly complex flavours. The finish is elegant, exhibiting persistence of savoury spice over a fine length of tannin.