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In the meantime, the 2014 Estate Shiraz Viognier is drinking beautifully. This multi award-winning wine was awarded 95 points in the Halliday Wine Companion 2018.
"The Millbrook Estate vineyard in the Perth Hills is a special site, in that the ripening of Shiraz and Viognier invariably occurs at the same time, allowing for the co-fermentation of the two varieties for this flagship Estate Shiraz Viognier. It's on the menu in the Millbrook restaurant with grass-fed lamb."
Damian Hutton, Senior Winemaker
Purple with deep, ruby hues.
The wine reveals a wonderful array of red and black fruit, coupled with an undertone of violet and rich spice.
A medium- to full-bodied wine filled with flavours of blood plum and blackberry. The intense fruit is finely balanced with an elegant and persistent finish.
This wine has the potential to age for ten or more years from vintage.Download Tasting Notes
The vines on the estate were planted in 1996 on a shallow, lateritic gravel ridge, with a south-west aspect. The 2015 growing sseason was both warm and dry which allowed for optimum ripeness in Shiraz.
Shiraz fruit was handpicked, de-stemmed and transferred into open-top fermenters where whole bunches of Viogner were added. After ferment began, the wine was hand-plunged twice daily and temperatures were kept below 30 °C. The wine was aged in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barriques and aged for an average of 16 months before being bottled in December 2016.
Perth Hills (Millbrook Winery Estate)
Fillet steak with an onion gravy.
Hand-picked, destemmed, fermented with 3% whole bunch viognier, 10 days on skins, matured in French barriques (40% new) for 16 months. Has retained good hue; the Perth Hills is a warm region, so the amount of spice and licorice woven through the black fruits and plum are doubly surprising, and appealing.