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The greatest wines in the world always express not just a perfect balance and complexity of flavour, but also hold particular flavours unique to the land that produced them. At Shelmerdine our goal is to produce the best possible wines unique to the soil and climate of their origin.
Shelmerdine has vineyards in both Heathcote and The Yarra Valley. It is in the Renowned Heathcote region that Shelmerdine has its Merindoc vineyard - a name synonymous with one of Victoria's most expressive Shiraz wines - The Merindoc Shiraz. Its sandy granite soil overlaying cracking limestone clay fosters a wine of rich, fine spiced plums and rose petals that flow on a bed of silk - a true expression of the beauty and intensity of our land. Standing next to this Wise and unmistakable prince of Heathcote are the noblest of subjects including our Riesling,Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and Estate Shiraz, which all warrant their own admiration for the vigour and love they represent.
Our cool climate Lusatia Park vineyard in the Yarra Valley plays home to our - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir Rosé Our wines are available for you to purchase online
Low yields in 2009 for the Viognier resulted in this little wine bursting with intensity. The bouquet is saturated with poached apricots and nectar. Barrel fermentation presents a silky texture and intensifies the stone fruit characters while hinting at the slightest addition of oak. Amazingly persistent, long finish that dances on the lips.
The 2009 Viognier is the result of another warm and dry growing season, closely reflecting the climate of the variety’s original home in the Northern Rhone Valley. A complex wine with intensely aromatic stone fruit, quince and fig on the nose. The palate is generous and textured, following through with more fruit and spice.
The fruit for this wine was grown at our Merindoc Vineyard, located at Tooborac in the southern cooler part of the Heathcote wine region, Central Victoria. The vineyard is planted on low fertility ironstone and granite soils, surrounded by spectacular granite boulders.
The fruit for this wine was hand-harvested in early March and whole-bunch pressed, both of these techniques were utilised to minimise the extraction of excess phenolic characters. The juice was then cold settled and racked prior to commencement of fermentation in used French oak barriques. At the completion of the primary fermentation, a portion underwent malolactic fermentation to further soften the wine and add texture. The wine was bottled under screwcap in July 2009.
Standard Drinks: 8.0
Current Vintage Reviews
Shelmerdine Heathcote Viognier Wins Gold at the Le Concours des Vins du Victoria 2009 November 2009
'Most folks will enjoy drinking this. Because it’s good, 92 points '
Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front Montly August 2009
'Jeff’s pick,, Best Drink'
Jeff Collerson Daily Telegraph, September 2009.
Daniel Moore Who Magazine
Previous Vintage Reviews
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2009 Edition
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008 Edition
'One of the more restrained Viogniers around'
Huon Hooke Sydney Morning Herald, City Style November 2007
'Hits the right varietal notes...'
Jane Faulkner The Age, April 2006
'Really lovely Viognier... one of the better ones
Paul Ippolito Web Wombat, December 2006
'A very satisfying wine to sip and savour'
Tony Keys The Key Review, February 2007
'Viognier also flourishes in the (Heathcote) region'
Sally Gudgeon Wine Lessons, The Age, Sunday Life Magazine, September 2005
Lancefield Road, Tooborac, Victoria 3522, Australia.
Open from 10.00am to 5.00pm seven days a week.
Telephone: +61 3 5433 5188
Facsimile: +61 3 5433 5118
For bookings and enquiries contact cellar door.
Wine Name : Shelmerdine Viognier
Wine Type : Viognier
Wine Category :
Wine Producer : Shelmerdine Vineyards
Wine Country : Australia
Wine Region : Victoria
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