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Serrat Shiraz Viognier 2019

Red Blend from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

$50

$47ea in any 3+
$44ea in any 6+
Closure: Cork

Description

This wine really requires no introduction. Every year it’s produced it garners superlatives from critics and consumers alike.

The devil as always is in the detail from super close planted vines that require specialised machinery and loads of manual work. The yield control and balance in the vines and their fruit offers wines of balance and harmony.

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

This wine is from the Shiraz block planted in 2003 with Viognier from the original 2001 plantings. There are two clones in the block, Best’s Old Block sourced from the original plantings at Best’s Great Western planted in 1868 and clone 1654, a Barossa selection. The Viognier is from cuttings at Yarra Yering, that l cut personally in 2000, Dr Carodus told me he had personally taken them from Chateau Grillet in Condrieu in the 60’s. Highly illegal at the time and even more so now.

The nose is quite concentrated and black fruited, with a fragrant violet note> It’s loaded with spicy red and blue fruits and a lick of ginger and spice from the Viognier. There is so much going on here violets and perfume and a heady mix of Asian spice and a hint of black pepper.

The palate is layered and woven with super fine savoury but silky tannins. Blue and red fruits, spice, perfume and fragrant, it is finely structured and detailed.. The 2019 has a richness, fleshiness and real volume of fruit, structurally and texturally it reminds of the 2013. It has quite a graphite like savoury kick at the end of the palate.

Best 2025-2040


This is Tom and Nadège’s Serrat Vineyard. It looks so peaceful. First plantings in the early 00’s, vineyard coming inline, the 2009 fire destroyed it including the shed on the hill, 2010 no crop, 2011 tough year, end if 2011 hail destroyed 2012. Now in 2017 if you look carefully to the left you can see the vineyard looks different. That’s a 16 year old vineyard about to reach its peak ripped out as phylloxera has hit and they are back to square one.


So when you pay less than a pineapple for a bottle of Serrat you are helping someone survive and share their passion. No superfund in vineyards! This is simply the reality of farming grapes.

P.S. The couple of cows that eat that grass make for pretty bloody tasty steaks too!

The 2019 Vintage at Serrat

The 2019 growing season was characterised by a warm and dry spring, leading into a warmer than average summer. There were plenty of fine and mildly hot days and the rain was noticeably absent. Overall it was a temperate, dry season, of recent years most reminiscent of the 2008 vintage.

We began picking in early-mid February with the Chardonnay, slightly earlier than normal. The Pinot Noir was about average in the last week of February, but the Shiraz Viognier was hot on the heels of the Pinot Noir almost 10 days earlier than normal.

The 2019 vintage is another high quality vintage in the Yarra Valley, the wines are layered, detailed and balanced, with lovely density and concentration. They are quite expressive of the vintage, generous and full of flavour.

Where in the world does the magic happen?

1 Simpsons Ln, Yarra Glen VIC 3775, Australia

Victoria
Yarra Valley
Australia