Bellingham Shiraz Viognier 2007

Shiraz Shiraz
South Africa

$11.40 (554360)

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Re-tasted in mid-2008, this vintage includes a splash of white viognier—a popular softening trick borrowed from France’s Côte Rôtie. The nose has indeed softened, with well-integrated ripe blackberry fruit, vanilla, smoked meat (corned beef) and peppery notes. Fairly full bodied, soft and fleshy, with soft, dusty tannin. Best now to 2010. Discontinued at LCBO
88 pts
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January 11, 2008

Critic Reviews (1)

Steve Thurlow
Steve Thurlow

South Africa is delivering some excellent value well made structured shiraz like this one from the 2007 vintage. The...

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Burke Thomson
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Travis Oke
Travis Oke

An manly Aussie style Shiraz with a touch of Viognier to bring out it's sensitive side and voila, this SAfrican wine tastes quite French.

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Francois Botha
Francois Botha

Plums, smokiness, and spice on the nose. Full-bodied wine with a noticeably high alcohol level and lots and lots of fruit. Juicy, but maybe a bit over the top.

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Craig Hebert
Craig Hebert

One of my favourites!

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Alex Zanella
Alex Zanella

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October 2011

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Jason Chenier
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M G
M G

86 - tasted January 2012
Oak that may have started out subtle when Steve tasted this wine in 2010 is now quite pronounced. I still get some chocolate through the oak though there's not much fruit evident. The length is quite good so it's still a good buy at $11.40 but it might be a bit past its prime.

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