Sirromet Shiraz Viognier 2008I opened this wine with yesterdays Spaghetti Bolognese, looking for something big and bold to dance windmills around our taste buds and seal the food and wine partnership with a kiss.  It is interesting to take a wine that one doesn't know and pour glasses for our dining companions before sitting back and waiting for comments.   This signature blend of shiraz (sirah) and viognier did just that with Anthony holding up his glass and egging on other people to taste it.  A good sign!

Blended wines often give us something special to enjoy.  If a winemaker takes the trouble to blend two different wines and then declare it the signature wine then we can be assured it is worth a gamble.  The aromas on the nose of this particular tinto nectar attractively mixed dark plum and spice with echoes of liquorice and oak vanilla rounding it off.

In the mouth the wine is smooth with plenty of its' own character - brilliant with red meat dishes that have bags of herb flavour.  Needless to say this bottle didn't last long. It is a very enjoyable wine with a sophisticated edge… drink on!

Imported by Harlington Wines (awaiting UK stockists & will update).

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I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!


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