Wonderful lifted floral characters emerge on the nose, with blackberry, fresh liquorice and forest ‘funk’ following on after a few minutes in the glass. With a classic McLaren Vale palate, the Shiraz Viognier has soft tannins, great structure and dark berries that follow through from the nose. There is a definite hint of musk from the Viognier, which, combined with excellent length make this a wine of balance, texture and great flavour.
An ideal lead up to vintage 2005 was had at Edgehill Vineyard: good winter rains with cool temperatures preceded a perfectly timed spring rain prior to flowering. Budburst occurred at its usual time (mid – late August), followed by a slightly earlier flowering than normally experienced. In the lead up to vintage there was a very even ripening period with few temperature extremes which resulted in the vines photosynthesising longer each day, bringing vintage forward by at least a couple of weeks. 2005 was almost a textbook vintage –Shiraz followed Chardonnay, Cabernet followed Shiraz. Overall, excellent quality grapes resulted from what in hindsight was a very cool summer (reminiscent of 2002) with minimal temperature extremes.
The 2005 Shiraz Viognier was traditionally made in open fermenters, finishing fermentation in a mixture of old and new French and American oak. Both Shiraz and Viognier were picked at the same time with the Shiraz at approximately 14.5 degrees Baumé and the Viognier at about 14 degrees Baumé. Shiraz and Viognier were then co-fermented, leaving the final blend at about 90% Shiraz and 10% Viognier.
Gold Medal and Trophy and Best Wine in Show – 2006 Australia and New Zealand Organic Wine Show
Best Wine in Show:
The Australia New Zealand Organic Wine Show is the only annual Organic Wine Show dedicated to the judging and promotion of certified organic wines from both Australia and New Zealand, and was held in conjunction with the annual Organic expo in Sydney recently. The show was judged by four leading Australian wine authorities including Max Allen, a renowned wine journalist, John Osbeiston, Sydney retailer with many years experience in the wine trade, Ron Georgiou MW one of Australia’s few Masters of Wine, and Clive Hartley from Palm Beach Wine Co, a well respected wine educator.
- Top 100 – 100 Best Australian Wines Matthew Jukes 2006
- Wine-Pages.com Tom Canavan UK
Nick Ryan Australian Table Magazine June 2007
‘Having completed the mammoth task of converting his family vineyards to organic methods, Joch Bosworth understands the true meaning of the name on his label. And the hard work has paid off. This trophy winner for best wine at the Australia and New Zealand Organic Wine Show is vibrantly alive, packed with exotic aromatics and plush, silky textures.’
- G Magazine Max Allen January February 2007
Picking Date: 15th March 2005
pH Level: 3.49
Total Acidity: 6.76g/L