Australian Shiraz Viognier is stylish yet refined. It is lush with a tapestry of smooth tannins and succulent dried fruits, vanilla and black pepper. The practice of blending Shiraz (a red wine grape called Syrah in France) with Viognier (a white wine grape) began because these two grapes grow alongside each other in the Northern Rhône Valley of France, their original home. Rhône winemakers often ferment the grapes together and, under French law, are allowed to blend up to 20 percent Viognier into their red wines. Because Viognier brings an aromatic boost to the wine, this practice has become popular in other countries as well, especially Australia. In fact, Australia has long been renowned as a great producer of Shiraz wines. Some of the most prized are blended with Viognier for a full bodied wine bursting with floral and fruit aromatics. 18 liters with GenuWine Winery Dried Skins, American & Hungarian Oak, Lalvin Bourgovin RC 212 yeast, and 30 labels. Pre-Order Only. Deadline is October 16th, 2017. Available January 2018 Each year our RQ wines are released to great anticipation and excitement. Many of the best go on to win awards in winemaking competitions. Our loyal customers remember their favorites and request we bring them back again to restock their cellars. Restricted Quantities 2018 program brings you four of our finest award-winning wines, released exclusively in The Gold Standard Collection: Australian Shiraz Viognier, Chilean Carménère, Spanish Tempranillo, and German Riesling. These distinguished wines set a gold standard for elegance, ageability and finesse—a true celebration of excellence in craft winemaking. Reserve a Gold Standard. Create a Gold Standard. Set the Gold Standard. Makes 6 US gallons
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