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Shiraz/Viogner blends

DCWineChick May 9, 2009 05:42 PM

looking for an inexpensive SV blend...any suggestions?

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    mengathon RE: DCWineChick May 9, 2009 05:50 PM

    d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie. Very reliable under $20. And not done in a fruit-bomb style.

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      DCWineChick RE: mengathon May 13, 2009 05:09 PM

      Thanks for all the responses. I'll give them a try.

      Take care,

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        maria lorraine RE: mengathon May 19, 2009 10:15 PM

        I've been intrigued with Shiraz (Syrah) and Viognier co-fermented blends awhile.
        I've noticed they vary widely in the percentage of Viognier added to the blend -- anywhere from 2% to 18% -- and that makes a huge difference in the finished wine.
        A small percentage has little effect and seems more for color stabilization and a nod to tradition; a large percentage can make the wine cloyingly aromatic (jasmine tea, rose petals) even to the point of smelling "candy-fied."

        Meng's rec is good: d'Arenberg is perhaps the best Oz producer.

        Yalumba in AZ (mentioned several times below) makes a few co-fermented Shiraz-Viogner blends:
        Handpicked Shiraz + Viognier $25
        Barossa Eden Shiraz Viognier $15
        Y Series Shiraz Viognier $10-11.
        Also, check out Yering Station, Kangarilla, and Henry’s.

        In the US, the blends are higher in price. I'd probably turn first to Rosenblum's blend and to those of some of the smaller Paso Robles, Santa Maria and Santa Barbera producers. Some of these may be a bit beyond your budget but are worth trying if your wallet will allow it. Here's my list:

        Rosenblum Syrah Rominger $18-22
        Ridge Syrah Lytton West $35
        Lujon $23
        Andrew Murray Roasted Slope $31
        Spring Mountain $40 -- 18% Viognier
        Margerum $34-40
        Mcprice Colson Canyon $20
        Havens $40
        Ampelos Syrache $28
        Hudson $28
        Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah $34

      2. baron45 RE: DCWineChick May 10, 2009 11:08 PM

        I liked the 2006 bottling of this wine that was around $13:

        Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier, Victoria, Shiraz –Viognier


        1. Striver RE: DCWineChick May 11, 2009 06:32 AM

          The Black Chook is a good one, and reasonably priced:


          Lately though, for this type of wine we prefer Slipstream, a Shiraz-Grenache blend. Very nice at this price point:


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            triggs73 RE: DCWineChick May 11, 2009 10:25 AM

            Yalumba...should be priced around $10-12

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              mac8111 RE: DCWineChick May 11, 2009 12:33 PM

              Angoves Nine Vines Shiraz/Viognier is really nice. Retail is $12 - $15.

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                redmeatfan RE: mac8111 May 18, 2009 07:01 AM

                "Yalumba...should be priced around $10-12"
                Agree with Triggs. Yalumba is consistant in quality

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                  yellowlablover RE: redmeatfan May 18, 2009 04:50 PM

                  I third recommendation for Yalumba. Best price I have found for this is $8.95 for Yalumba Y Series Shiraz (10% Viognier). This is a regular buy in our house.

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                    triggs73 RE: yellowlablover May 18, 2009 05:49 PM

                    I've had their upper tier Barossa Valley Shiraz/viognier and it was mind blowing...inky, touch of mocha spicy fruit...trust worthy producer at all levels.

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