The Thursday Tipple – 2010 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier

by The Editor

Welcome to the first of an ongoing series of regional wine reviews.  Each fortnight we’ll sample a local drop and let you know where you can track it down in restaurants or for home. 


So. Here we are again, Shiraz Viognier. You… me… and my inability to pronounce your name correctly. I don’t care. I read on the interwebs that the 2009 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier was awarded Champion Wine of Show at the recent ActewAGL Canberra Regional Wine Show. So I’m exploring your younger sibling (the 2010) to see what all the fuss was about.
Crimson in colour with purple hues, you’re presented quite a captivating nose showing pepper, spice and sweet herb characteristics. Closer to being a medium-bodied red, the slight earthy tones on the palate fall away nicely to a soft and gentle length. The 5% viognier offsets the spicy Canberra shiraz and the wine carries it’s 14% alcohol reasonably well as one is left with just a small amount of warmth in the roof of the mouth that lingers like a post-coital hug.

If not a supporter of Canberra wines, prepare to be converted. This is a powerful yet elegant wine and a brilliant example of what our region has to offer.

Where can I get it?

The good folks at Ravensworth don’t have a cellar door to visit, however it is available from winery’s website. Additionally, the drop is featured on the fine wine lists at Abels Kopi Tiam in Manuka, The Artisan in Narrabundah, Rubicon and Aubergine in Griffith, Chairman & Yip and Mezzalira in Civic, Italian & sons and Sage in Braddon, and Ottoman Cuisine in Barton.  For those who prefer to indulge at home, it can be purchased from aCampbell Liquor Discounts and Plonk.

Be sure to track down the Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier.  It’s a wonderful treat.

Review by Bon Vivant