The Curmudgeon is meant to soothe the most archaic bad tempered miser. A blend of shiraz with 3% viognier, 30 % whole bunch pressed, aged in fine French oak for 10 months. With classic Canberra notes of white pepper, spice and red currants this is the perfect red for any occasion. Delicious with both a rib eye off the bbq or a pizza out of the pizza oven.
The Curmudgeon is drinking perfectly now, but will be an absolute keeper for the next 10 years.
Region: Canberra District
Vineyards: Four Winds and Wimbaliri (Murrumbateman); Cullarin Block 71 (Lake George)
Varieties: Shiraz 97% Viognier 3%
Production: 100 dozen
Vinification: Co-fermentation of Shiraz and Viognier, a mixture of whole bunches, whole berries, and crushed grapes. First cold soaked for 4 days then fermented with plunging 3 times a day until just before the end of ferment when it is pressed to barrels, a mixture of 1- to 2-year-old French oak Barriques to finish. Aged for 12 months in barrel before bottling.