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2017 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier

2017 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier

Pound for pound, the best red wine in Australia. Bryan Martin, former understudy to Tim Kirk at Clonakilla, and now star performer in his own right, has made us wait 2 years for the next installment of the Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier... let's just say, the wait was very much worth it. This is monumental wine.

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  • Apologies - I may have underestimated people's passion for Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier! This sold out in less than an hour, so I am sorry if you have missed out. We will endeavour to access more stock as soon as possible. Check back shortly!
    - Simon

    If your ever in need of some positive and glowing words to say about Ravensworth winemaker Bryan Martin, then you will surely be in luck. The man is a messiah; revered by the new-wave, and saluted by the old guard with almost the same level of veneration, his wines, alongside his alma mater Clonakilla, have become the benchmark for the Canberra region.

    "Someone asked me the other day something to the tune of ‘who are the next generation of newer generation producers who will truly create a legacy in Australian wine, not just those in the avant garde creating waves now, but making wines and wine styles that will sustain and be part of the fabric of ‘fine wine’ culture in Australia’s future’, or something to that thought... I would put Ravensworth and Bryan Martin firmly in the list. No misses from him. Building a formidable argument to prestige." 
    Mike Bennie - The Wine Front

    'As a talented food writer, cook and forager, Bryan Martin thinks deeply about textures and flavours. This combined with over a decade’s experience at Clonakilla, has resulted in a suite of distinctive Ravensworth wines... Martin makes the Ravensworth wines at Clonakilla, though he and wife Jocelyn have their own vineyard at Murrumbateman. Not surprisingly, the Ravensworth style has a lot in common with Clonakilla – the wines are aromatic, light- to medium-bodied, soft of tannin and modest in alcohol. They are beautiful, seductive wines that emphasise fragrance and texture.'
    Huon Hooke

    'Bryan's becoming a bit of a poster boy in his own right now," he says, smiling, after quoting Jesus. "And quite right, too. I don't think we can go wrong really. Bryan's been an extraordinarily great blessing to our business.'

    Tim Kirk, Clonakilla Winemaker

    Here, with the absolute showstopper Shiraz Viognier, Bryan has made a triumphant return. It's taken a little while longer this time around, with the wine being released almost 6 months later than usual. Patience, however, has been worth having, as this 2017 is EPIC. Shout from the rooftops epic. 

    It's certainly more in the vein of darker, heavier, brooding fruit this time around, but the spicy/floral/violet character is still there. It's packed with blackberry, juniper and smoked earth, plus layers of vanilla spice and whimsical oak. We expect our measly allocation to not last long, and once the big reviews are in (as they will be) it's going to be a hard-train to stop. 

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The 2017 vintage was a bit tricky but some well timed rain helped get through the hot summer.

    In terms of winemaking, it was a a longer process that started for this vintage. After a natural ferment, including 30% whole-bunch, that was left on-skins for 6 weeks, the wine was pressed to puncheons and left for one year then the next year, matured in untoasted foudre . No additions or encouragement. Unfined and unfiltered.

    TASTING NOTES

    Darker and a deeper concentration with a spice driven aroma, less floral than the 2015 but still very fragrant with those exotic herbs and red fruit flavours. I really like the palate here, so silky and smooth and it builds all the time. This will definitely cellar well for around the 10 year mark but onwards if you like them old and crusty.

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