As our time in Oz is drawing to a close, it’s time to review Shiraz Viognier blends based on our tasting notes. To start, we were unable to find the wine that we tried so many years ago. That said, we’ve tried a lot of them over the past couple of weeks, and here’s what we’ve learned.
Six Shiraz Viogniers–Tastiest on the Left
The first thing that we learned is that we are tired of shiraz viognier blends. We won’t be drinking these again for awhile. It’s not that they aren’t good, we’ve just gone overboard on one style.
The second thing that we learned is that the best SV blends are out of our price range. What various sources have rated the best red wine made in Australia is a SV blend from around Canberra, but we did not taste it. Who knows how good it could be.
The third thing that we learned is that SV blends differ a lot, at least according to our non-expert palates. Ostensibly, the purpose of the blend is to improve the smell (eh, “bouquet”) and to smooth out the edges of a shiraz. We’re not sure what’s going on in these wines, but they varied from big, smooth, and what we (non wine experts) describe as “mouthy” flavors (Wild Oats, on the left) to thin, very acidic, and almost “alcohol-y” flavors (Lost Block, on the far right). The two on the left were quite good. The two on the right, not so much.
So, in the end, lots more to study, and lots more to try in the future, and no great discoveries about the best exemplars of this variety. We are planning a night out for dinner tomorrow, and we will try one of the many other styles made around here then.