Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier 2017
SPECIAL 6 PACK BUY. Gorgeous cool climate Shiraz Viognier from Canberra.
‘Someone asked me the other day something to the tune of ‘who are the next generation of newer generation producers who will truly create a legacy in Australian wine … I would put Ravensworth and Bryan Martin firmly in the list. No misses from him. Building a formidable argument to prestige.‘ Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.
‘As a talented food writer, cook and forager, Bryan Martin thinks deeply about textures and flavours. This combined with over a decade’s experience at Clonakilla, has resulted in a suite of distinctive Ravensworth wines’ Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine.
Bryan Martin has been assistant winemaker and ‘right hand man’ to Tim Kirk at Clonakilla for over a decade. However Ravensworth has been his and wife Jocelyn’s passion since 2001 .. .all fruit sourced from their cool climate, high country vineyard near Murrambateman in the Canberra wine district. Clonakilla has often been thought as the leading winery in this region but Ravensworth has gained much success and critical praise including winning the International Riesling Challenge in 2012 and in 2015 he was runner up Winemaker of the Year for Gourmet Traveller Wine.
“Bryan’s becoming a bit of a poster boy in his own right now, … And quite right, too. I don’t think we can go wrong really. Bryan’s been an extraordinarily great blessing to our business.” Tim Kirk, Clonakilla.
Like at Clonakilla, Shiraz Viognier has been championed at Ravensworth .. 95% Shiraz co-fermented with about 5% viognier and 25% whole bunches, but slightly less new oak. The key difference is that Ravensworth’s vineyard is 50 metres higher, at 650 metres above sea level, and picking starts after Clonakilla’s has finished. The wine is also slightly lighter and lower in alcohol. This is partly because of the cooler site and also because Martin likes to preserve natural acidity by picking early, uses as few additions as possible and often unfiltered.
An excellent vintage in 2017. Low yields from 20+ year old organic estate vineyard in Murrumbateman.. hot summer, low rain and then finishing quite cool in late March. Cold soaked for three days, hand plunged twice daily, three weeks on-skins maceration. Pressed to two year old puncheon for 12 months then transferred to Stockinger & Francois Frere Foudre for one year. Bottled in February. Unfiltered.
Bryan says about this wine: “Darker and a deeper concentration with a spice driven aroma .. very fragrant with those exotic herbs and red fruit flavours. I really like the palate here, so silky and smooth and it builds all the time … Cellaring – 5-10 years, longer if you like those more mature flavours. Really is gorgeous now but will get more interesting as time rolls by.”
The Estate label wines feature a beautiful and evocative label which Bryan says “.. are a take on what we would have as a coat of arms … a visual depiction of how we see wine and food. Entwined, joyous, slightly nervy.”
This 2017 is singing… calling all cool climate shiraz lovers and Northern Rhone rangers this is the beez knees! Baby ‘Cote Rotie”, Baby Clonakilla this is the pinnacle of fragrant and succulent cool climate shiraz.
This long awaited release is yet to be reviewed. Of the 2016 vintage Mike Bennie of The Wine Front said this “… Beautiful, delicious wine this. Silken texture, tightly wound but with a give of mouthwatering fruit flavour and incredible, harem-like perfume of pot pourri, fangipani, red fruits, incense and garam masala spice. That texture, whoa, Canberra District’s greatest ally when shiraz (with or without viognier) is on song – sleek, sheathed in finest lacy tannins, long and so fine. It’s joyous in fruit expression but shows savoury, spicy detail and finishes with a floral, pretty mouth perfume that lingers. So good. 95 points“
RRP $48 **Our Special 6 Pack Buy … $39.99 when you buy 6 of this wine**
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Australia, Canberra District, Murrumbateman
Shiraz, Shiraz Viognier
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