Friday, August 21, 2009


 - Adelaide Hills, SA
 - $22-$29
 - Screwcap
 - 13.5%alc

Despite its glittering show career I've never been the biggest fan of Starvedog Lane's Shiraz Viognier, so imagine my surprise when noted critic Campbell Mattinson named it the 2007 his 'Wine of the Year'. You might say curiosity got the better of me with this purchase.

Highlighting the aromatic benefits of blending shiraz with viognier, it reveals perfumed, musky tones of dark plums and cherry with floral suggestions, followed by enchanting notes of cinnamon spice, game and smoky chocolate oak. Full and soft, the palate is almost fluffy in texture, presenting ultra ripe, currant-like flavours encased in a framework of spices. Nuances of cinnamon stick, clove and nutmeg lift the wine into a finish defined by dusty tannins, meaty undertones and lightly tart notes of viognier influenced dried apricot. My main gripes with this wine are it's a fraction hollow and lacks great concentration.

ü With its appealing perfume and spice, this may be the best Starvedog Lane Shiraz Viognier I've had, but it's far from the best wine I've had. Drink to 2015.
91 points

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