Serrat Shiraz Viognier 2021
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 most opulent Shiraz for many a year, it has loads of black and darker red fruits and a trademark hint of black pepper. The fruit intensity is remarkable coupled with the signature fragrant violet note. It’s just loaded with fruit and florals and complex Asian spices
The palate is saturated and layered with a superb array of silken mouthcoating tannins. Black, blue and red fruits, spice, perfume and fragrant. The 2021 has a richness, fleshiness and is deeply concentrated, one of our absolute best releases. Ever.