Stamford Brook (Australia) Shiraz Viognier 2006
Following the model of the famous Côte-Rôtie by blending a little of the white grape Viognier with the dramatically black Shiraz is all the rage amongst New World winemakers, and some do it more successfully than others. This straightforward and very enjoyable Australian example does have a little aromatic lift on the nose, but otherwise the aromas are all about ripe, but dark and spicy plums and berries, with a little sheen of savoury oak adding polish. On the palate the fruit is very bright and fulsome, with plenty of that plum, creamy depth but a nice crisp edge too, where a hint of the Viognier's peachy quality shows through, along with ripe, sweet tannins and well-balanced acidity. A lovely wine this, not trying to be too flashy but delivering loads of flavour and style. £5.99, Sainsbury's.