Ranked #8 of 28 2017 Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre Viognier from Eden Valley
Deep red/purple colour, with a very intense pepper-spice bouquet. A very fragrant wine, with a fine, taut palate structure with light but tight tannins. It has great elegance, refined structure for a GSM style, a most delightful and distinctive wine. The viognier seems to help lift the bouquet without being too obvious. There's a lot of black pepper and ironstone in the palate. A fine riposte to Sarah Evans! (73% shiraz, 17% grenache, 5% mataro, 5% viognier)
Drink: 2019 to 2032
94 Points James Halliday
73% shiraz, 17% grenache and 5% each of mataro and viognier, the shiraz co-fermented with viognier, the grenache and mataro separately, matured in French hogsheads (10% new) for 10 months. The wine has a zesty freshness that is normally associated with white wines, but without any suggestion of green fruit, just the vintage. There's every reason to drink this now while its bigger brothers go through their limbering up exercises. Drink to 2027.
Source: James Halliday.