Joe Czerwinski (RobertParker.com) “A blend of 96% Shiraz and 4% Viognier aged two years in new French oak, the 2017 Tango Shiraz-Viognier is a big, bold wine, but not one without nuance. It shows the merest of floral notes on the nose, blending those seamlessly into hints of stone fruit and more assertive notes of blackberries and black olives. Full-bodied and ripe, with supple tannins, it’s almost creamy in texture, lush and sumptuous, yet with a bright spark of acidity and the suggestion of both brighter, fresher fruit and roasted meat on the lingering finish.”
Winemaker "We love this Hobbs wine made together with Sean, Bridget and Jessica, our 'kids', or Tin Lids as they were often called. Their youthful influence on this traditional Aussie blend has resulted in a vibrant wine with the fresh herbal flavours of Cabernet merging seamlessly with the rich dark red and blackberry flavours of Shiraz.
On the nose, you’ll find licorice and blackberry essence, spicy notes of pepper and sage with a hint of freshly picked mint, meaty and savoury aromas and subtle notes of cedar. The palate is full-bodied with dark red and blackberry flavours and the lovely herbaceous characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon The wine has a fresh acidity, very fine grain tannins and a long perfumed finish.
50% Shiraz 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Shiraz is matured for 24 months in second use French oak hogsheads and the Cabernet matured in new French oak for 24 months. Bottled unfiltered.
96++ Points - Stuart McCloskey “Old vine Viognier (planted circa 1960), lovingly tended by hand… Greg and Allison deliver hallmark aromas of white flowers, honeysuckle, sun drenched apricots and a whispering of orangey spice. The palate is surprisingly elegant, beautifully balanced and a textural delight – silky smooth to be more exact. The flavour profile is expansive, but this wine will offer everything with a little more bottle age. I enjoy the focus, the minerality, the freshness and the citrus oil which coats every facet. In fact, there isn’t anything I do not enjoy. The finish is incredible – bittersweet orange marmalade after a minute or so which is a fabulous way to part. Great now and will continue to improve for at least five years. Served (not too chilled) and using Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Decant for 20-30 minutes for the best result.”