Serrat Shiraz Viognier 2020
This wine is from the Shiraz block planted in 2003 with Viognier from the original 2001 plantings. There are two clones in the block, Best’s Old Block sourced from the original plantings at Best’s Great Western planted in 1868 and clone 1654, a Barossa selection. The Viognier is from cuttings at Yarra Yering, that l cut personally in 2000, Dr Carodus told me he had personally taken them from Chateau Grillet in Condrieu in the 60’s. Highly illegal at the time and even more so now.
This is the spiciest Shiraz for many a year, it has loads of black and white pepper, black fruits and the signature fragrant violet note. It’s loaded with spicy red and blue fruits and a lick of ginger and spice from the Viognier. There is so much going on here florals and perfume and a heady mix of Asian spice.
The palate is layered and woven with super fine savoury tannins, they are quite tight and little firm at this stage. Blue and red fruits, spice, perfume and fragrant. The 2020 has a richness, fleshiness and real volume of fruit. It has quite a graphite like savoury kick at the end of the palate.