So… What Is Shiraz Viognier (Vee-Yoh-N’yay)

Posted: January 31, 2019

WHAT IS SHIRAZ VIOGNIER?

Shiraz Viognier is the blend of 93 – 97% Shiraz with a small volume of Viognier white grape – normally only 3 – 7%.

WHAT DOES VIOGNIER DO TO SHIRAZ WINE?

Viognier is a white wine variety that has very unique characteristics. It has a floral nose, hints of apricot and almond, and is quite mineral. When a small quantity is blended with Shiraz, it enhances the colour, makes it very rounded and smooth and adds a complexity and opulence. It  an also give it a lifted, slightly floral and sweet spice aroma. Done well, these are classy and sought after wines.

WHO DOES IT BEST?

Tim Kirk from Clonakilla Wines in Canberra is leading the way in this style. His Shiraz Viognier  commands around $100 a bottle. It is described as silky textured, supple, pliant, long, ripe and seamlessly balanced. It’s an explosion of red fruits.

WHAT FOOD DOES IT WORK WELL WITH?

Shiraz Viognier can be used where you would normally use straight Shiraz. It works best with richly flavoured dishes. Visit taste.com.au/recipes/lamb-tagine for a selection of fantastic Lamb Tagine recipes. The fragrance and power of the wine works well with these powerful, fruity and spicy dishes.

OUR PICKS

Both the Churchview and the Grove Estate examples of this unique and exciting blend are fantastic.

The Churchview winemaker has had a bit of fun, playing with a higher percentage of Viognier than most (14%), making it aromatic and incredibly drinkable! Churchview Estate St Johns Shiraz Viognier

Grove Estate displays more truthfully what most Shiraz Viognier’s are all about, with a small percentage of white, barely detectable. A 92 Halliday Points awarded wine. Really if you didn’t know, most would believe it to be a very rounded, smooth, complex and spicy straight Shiraz. Grove Estate Shiraz Viognier 

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