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Mr. Riggs Shiraz Viognier

Wine Details

Vineyard

Righi

Style

Red

Winemaker's Notes

Deep in colour, the wine is almost black yet is also vibrant and bright. The nose is perfumed with apricots, spice and licorice; a pretty, fragrant wine with a sweet, juicy, velvety palate. The finish is elegant with savoury spice and a fine tannin length and persistence. The Shiraz is co-fermented with Viognier skins to enhance aromatic variety, with apricot and spice on the palate. Viognier holds a phenolic (tannic) character that enables increased stabilisation of colour in the wine – hence read more...Deep in colour, the wine is almost black yet is also vibrant and bright. The nose is perfumed with apricots, spice and licorice; a pretty, fragrant wine with a sweet, juicy, velvety palate. The finish is elegant with savoury spice and a fine tannin length and persistence. The Shiraz is co-fermented with Viognier skins to enhance aromatic variety, with apricot and spice on the palate. Viognier holds a phenolic (tannic) character that enables increased stabilisation of colour in the wine – hence the bottomless pit-like blackness of colour, plus the savoury tannins which enable the wine with such an elegant flourish. A UK buyer recently described a Shiraz Viognier blend thus: ‘smells like a lady’s handbag, tastes like a man’s wallet’. Exactly what Ben was aiming for, and a more apt description of this style is hard to find! (hide)

Expert Reviews
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 167 on Oct-06