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After years spent behind the scenes at some of the country’s most loved wineries, it was time for Pete to do something on his own. It was a long and patient journey and the wines are all the better for it.
This Shiraz Viognier is from Koonunga Hill in the Barossa Valley. The addition of a few percent of Viognier skins to the ferment has brought out the slinky, sublime aromatics usually pushed to the background in this wine style.
Campbell Mattinson called it, “a red to woo a crowd” in his 93 point review.
It’s soft and seductive, in Pete’s words, “It’s bringing sexy back”…
Only 70 dozen made.
What It Tastes Like
Meat, clove, spice and mineral notes lend a complex edge to the pour of ripe, juicy, sweet fruit. This is a red to woo a crowd. The viognier has a clear influence but it’s hard to see it as anything other than a joyous one. Fine tannin. Fine wine. Enjoyment writ large.
92+ points. “Barossa shiraz from the Koonunga Hill sub-region. 5% viognier. Fermented wild. Into old French oak for 10 months. Unfined and unfiltered. 70 dozen.
Meat, clove, spice and mineral notes lend a complex edge to the pour of ripe, juicy, sweet fruit. This is a red to woo a crowd. The viognier has a clear influence but it’s hard to see it as anything other than a joyous one. Fine tannin. Fine wine. Enjoyment writ large.”
- Reviewer (Publication)
This is the wine that’s bringing sexy back.
The beauty of the Koonunga Shiraz is accentuated by the addition of the Viognier.
18 year old vines
6% Viognier skins
Old French oak
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. Known for producing blockbusting examples of impenetrable old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by much of the world, it is a region that should be celebrated as the region that first put Australian wine on the map. Now, with a new generation of winemakers reinventing the region, there’s more than just power in the Barossa’s bag of tricks. With a move toward picking earlier and pulling back on oak maturation, there’s a fresher, more subtle side to Barossa wine which offers plenty to the modern Australian wine lover.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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