Battle of Bosworth McLaren Vale 2008 Shiraz Viognier
Organically Grown, Traditionally Vinified
The 2008 Shiraz Viognier was traditionally made in open fermenters, finishing fermentation in a mixture of old and new French and American oak. Both Shiraz and Viognier were picked at the same time with the Shiraz at approximately 14.5 degrees Baum and the Viognier at about 14 degrees Baum. Shiraz and Viognier were then co-fermented, leaving the final blend at about 95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier.
This fourth vintage of our Shiraz Viognier shows trademark McLaren Vale characters of ripe dark fruit. There is a hint of cedar which tips a nod to the small amount of new French oak we use, a whiff of steak tartare and finally some fruit blossom lingers, gently reminding us of the small amount of Viognier that the Shiraz was fermented with. The wine has a full, even and fresh palate and a medium body.