A classic example of a classic blend, the Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier.
Sample submitted for review. The Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier has an SRP of $14 and is available for as low as $10. Ready to buy? Check your local retailers. It is imported by Winebow Inc.
From the bottle:
The artworks featured across our Y Series collection are inspired by the nature that surrounds our vineyards and the importance of a healthy ecosystem for producing quality wine.
Luscious and exotic. Velvety tannins complement a dark chocolate and cherry finish. Made with minimal winemaker intervention and 100% wild yeast fermentation.
If you're a fan of Shiraz like I am you've probably noticed that many wines labeled as Shiraz also blend in a small amount of Viognier, which is a white grape. Back in the day in France these two grapes were often grown side by side in the vineyard and many wineries used to field blend their grapes -- basically pick both types of grapes at the same time -- and then ferment them together. That practice is not nearly as common today, but it is quite common to blend varieties together after fermentation. Even in wines labeled as a single variety! Read on...
Somewhat surprisingly, in most areas a wine only needs to contain somewhere between 75-85% of a single variety to be labeled as such. This means up to 25% of a wine labeled as Shiraz could actually be from other varieties. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as I'm a big fan of blends, but it does bother me when the wineries don't specify it on the label. Yes, a wine that has 75% Shiraz can still technically be called a Shiraz, but please let us know somewhere on the label what other varieties are included. Kudos to today's wine for doing just that.
The 2020 Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier opens with an attractive aroma of plum and other dark fruit plus some spice, some nice meatiness and a touch of a floral note.
The wine tastes quite ripe and fresh in the mouth and features similar flavors to nose and a silky smooth mouthfeel. Fine tannins and more spicy and meaty notes lead into the dry, long finish.
This is a pretty solid example of Syrah/Shiraz.
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