2022 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier

Bryan Martin's signature wine. Exquisite balance and grace - extremely limited.
4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
9 Reviews

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The Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier has become one of the most sought-after wines in Canberra, owner/winemaker Bryan Martin now consistently producing a wine of glorious complexity from his homegrown fruit.

Bryan's Shiraz is Northern Rhone Valley inspired, with a splash of co-fermented Viognier adding perfume and mouthfeel to what is a remarkable Shiraz. Given Bryan Martin's previous day job as assistant winemaker at Clonakilla where he, alongside Tim Kirk, produced Australia's foremost Shiraz Viognier, it comes as no surprise to see his own wine reach such great heights.

This 2022 version has been keenly anticipated and it does not disappoint. If you fancy cool climate Shiraz then this is simply a must for your cellar and/or dinner table. Exceptional.

94 points
"It’s loaded with spice and florals, not overtly viognier-flexed but there’s pretty, sweet elements and a glossiness to texture that gives you an idea about the white grape inclusion. The perfume, cinnamon-clove-cardamom brown spices on red cherry, dark plum, green olive and some bergamot tea and alpine herb notes. Flavours roll similarly, quite rich in a way but a brace of tightening tannins, dusty, powdery, do well. A succulence and depth in tow. It feels premium, fine, good, concentrated, complex. A richer expression from Canberra District would be the other comment. It does the trick and well."
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Our take on this beautifully fragrant blend. Just 3% viognier added at the crush pad so co-fermented which all the cool cats do. Always filled with flowers, spice anf red fruit the 2022 was not the easiest year but our fruit charged on and delivered a wine that will emerge, change and blossom with careful cellaring but you know, it's a great drink young as well.

Vintage: 2022
GI: Canberra District
Vineyard source: Estate
Harvest date: 17th April
Processing: Processed to 15% whole bunch, the rest whole berry in 10hl fermenters with indigenous yeast and bacteria biom. 3-6 weeks on skins. Pressed to new and used 228l French coopered barriques for one year then transferred to 27hl foudre for second year
Élevage: 2 years
Vessels: Francois Frere Foudre
Vintage conditions: 2022
Another cool year, very wet early that kept us on our toes in the vineyard. Was a year for patience, faith and gumboots.
Bottling date: May 2024
Production: 700 dozen
Cellaring: 10 years plus
Something interesting: The small percentage of viognier is added to change the palate rather than aromas. Viognier is thick skinned and has a different phenolic make up to Shiraz. The two work together to create the unique silky texture
Drink with: Lamb heavily flavoured with middle-eastern spices and herbs.

94 points - "It’s loaded with spice and florals, not overtly viognier-flexed but there’s pretty, sweet elements and a glossiness to texture that gives you an idea about the white grape inclusion. The perfume, cinnamon-clove-cardamom brown spices on red cherry, dark plum, green olive and some bergamot tea and alpine herb notes. Flavours roll similarly, quite rich in a way but a brace of tightening tannins, dusty, powdery, do well. A succulence and depth in tow. It feels premium, fine, good, concentrated, complex. A richer expression from Canberra District would be the other comment. It does the trick and well." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Customer Reviews

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
Based on 9 reviews
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9 reviews
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Super consistent

    Always a treat to open one of these. Lush fruit with some soft spicy things going on, really lovely drink.

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    Absolutely delicious! Wish I could drink it every day… but is a perfect wine for a slow cooked lamb or beef dish. I’m cellaring one bottle for as long as I can. Keen to try more from this vineyard.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Yum

    Really good with lamb

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Bryan Martin is one of the most creative and inquisitive winemakers we've ever met. After leaving his position as winemaker alongside Tim Kirk at Canberra regional flagbearer, Clonakilla, Bryan went full steam in on his own label Ravensworth, which has firmly hit cult status amongst collectors.

He and his wife Jocelyn have a beautiful property outside of Murrumbateman which is home to all of their excellent Estate wines and Bryan also searches surrounding vineyards and out to the Hilltops region to compile his excellent value Regional series of wines. Sustainability and an unwavering commitment to quality across the board underpin the entire operation at Ravensworth. Perhaps best known for his benchmark Shiraz Viognier and textural Rieslings, Bryan is also arguably the country's best producer of Sangiovese and is a true master of the dark art of skin-contact whites.

Bryan embodies everything we love about small artisanal Australian producers. He is humble, irreverent, committed to the pursuit of excellence and always looking to explore. Quite simply, if you see a Ravensworth wine anywhere, you should buy it.

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