Hobbs of Barossa Tango Shiraz Viognier 2019
The Shiraz and Viognier were handpicked from the Hobbs Estate vineyard at optimal sugar, tannin, and acid ripeness. The grapes were co-fermented in small batches, hand-plunged and monitored closely to ensure perfect balance and integration. Once fermentation was finished, the wine was pressed off the skins into new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and maturation. Matured in new French oak for 24 months. On the palate, this full-bodied wine is a rich mix of dark red fruits, mixed berries and chocolate with a surprising savoury spice, super fine tannins and a lively hint of floral notes on the finish.
Grape Variety: Shiraz, Viognier
Region: Flaxman Valley, Eden Valley
Patrick Eckel, Wine Reviewer
An inky red to purple, floral lift meets meaty savoury nuance and concentration of plush black fruits work amongst generous embellishments of spice. The wine has such depth and concentration but the balance of acid and oak gives flow and texture and is in no way cloying. Supple, dense plum is layered with spice and milk chocolate like richness whilst still maintaining a subtle savoury disposition. Drink 2022 - 2035.
Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate
At 16% alcohol, this 2019 Tango Shiraz Viognier is no shrinking violet, yet it achieves a robust, muscular balance in the mouth. The alcohol, the tannin and the fruit are as one and fortify each other as they progress over the tongue and through into the finish. The Viognier inflection serves to provide gloss and drive to the Shiraz fruit, which, thanks to the area (Flaxman Valley, in the Eden Valley), is imbued with a dark mineral freshness. These components—the region and the varieties—each bring out the best in each other, so if you can handle the high-octane alcohol, you may witness a nimble-footed behemoth in motion. Drink 2022 - 2037.