Shiraz Viognier Bendigo Victoria
Bendigo offers some of the nation's most charming and distinctive accords of Viognier and Shiraz. Sergio Carlei makes wine from the heart, his passion has moved him from the family garage to a fully fledged artisanal winemaking operation. Carlei and his grower Paul Jenkins have combined their respective talents to craft the superlative line of Turners Crossing wines. Enter a Shiraz Viognier that's complex and integrated, richly flavoured yet tightly structured, expressing the essence of Bendigo terroir, rich, warming, full bodied and immensely satisfying.
Shiraz is harvested off low yielding vines to the most appropriate schedules, ensuring optimum balance, ripeness and intensity of flavour. Grapes are destemmed but not crushed or pumped, to preserve their physical integrity. Berries are transferred to a mix of open 4000 litres wooden and steel 5000 litres vats, the Viognier is co-fermented with Shiraz in vat to preserve fruit flavour intensity. A majority of the batches are naturally vinified and treated to a combination of different maceration times, mainly pumped over, from fifteen to thirty days on skins. Turners Crossing is aged in a combination of finely coopered, seasoned French oak barrels for eighteen months.
Very deep red colour. The aroma has intense ripe red and black fruits with no overt jammy elements, complex spiciness, savoury elements and florid Viognier aromatics. The palate complements the bouquet, rich, round and full in weight with intense fruit flavours, savoury notes and earthyness, all framed by spicy persistent tannins and finishing with lingering balanced mineral acidity.