It was meant to be a beer and pizza party for my birthday yesterday but inevitably the wine came out, the first bottle of the evening being a magnum of La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier 2007.
The blend is 91% Shiraz and 9% Viognier, the Shiraz is from a variety of sources including Bot River Darlingm, Franschhoek and Elim while the Viognier originates from Wellington. The two varieties were co-feremented before being matured for 15 months in 225-litre barrels, 60% new.
Red fruit, white pepper and coriander seed on the nose and palate. Medium bodied with great freshness – still plenty of life in it. I’m usually of the opinion that adding Viognier to Shiraz ends up diluting the final product for all the nice aromatics it brings but here it seemed to work rather well.