La Petite Mort Ballandean Shiraz Viognier 2017

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by Glen Robert & Andrew Scott .

92%
of 76
would buy again
92%
of 76
About this rating

This rating is unique to the current vintage. If you’re interested to compare, you can see how the previous vintages were rated below…

Vintage

% Would Buy It Again

2017

92% of 76

2016

93% of 505

2015

93% of 608

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Hand-crafted QLD class

    • Are you ready to bring something completely different to the table?! This rich, ripe and generous Shiraz is full of jammy black fruit with blood plums and blackberries and is a stunning step away from the typical 'bowl-me-over' style of Shiraz that dominates the Australian market.
    • Co-fermenting Shiraz and Viognier grapes has a particular magic about it, creating a spicy and savoury deliciousness. All this richness and generosity is well supported and  balanced by some time in cedary French and spicy American oak. As each sip evolves, you'll know exactly what Glen and Andrew mean when they say the hallmark of a truly great wine is the endless desire to pour yourself ‘just one more glass!’
    • Hand-picked, hand-crafted and hand-bottled (right down to the hand-dipped wax seal) you simply don't often find wines made like this. The true meaning of 'La Petite Mort' is about enjoyment - letting go of restraints and revelling in something new and maybe a little titillating. Made in tiny quantities, this vintage marks the return of a champion (93% rated!) - it won't stick around long.
       

     

Ageing advice
The lighter, brighter style of Shiraz resulting from the cool-climate Granite Belt lends itself perfectly to an early-release, drink-now drop. For the more patient among us, the balance of good acidity and silky tannin structure ensures that it will continue to improve in the bottle cellared until 2021.

Serving advice
Open and roughly decant (or double decant) before serving to introduce oxygen and open the wine up, ideally for an hour or more. A tip for the hand-dipped wax top: ignore the wax, go straight in through the wax with the cork screw. Pop the cork in the usual manner and tidy up the wax on the rim of the bottle with a knife afterwards. All good fun!

Local food match
This is steak wine! Best paired with juicy, flavoursome cuts like rump or T-bone done simply on the BBQ. A great vegan option is eggplant steaks with green-olive and herb salsa, or roasted field mushrooms with your favourite red sauce.