It was another lovely weekend here in Ohio. Nice cool, crisp morning temps made it a perfect time to hit the local Farmers Market. Yes, I know, I keep talking about the Market, but it is so fresh and the farmers deserve lots of "pats on the back" for all their effort and work to provide us with locally, fresh veggies that are so good for us! After consuming lots of good food and wine on Saturday, a much needed bike ride was in order for Sunday. Mike and I peddled away our Sunday afternoon in Houston Woods and then our local park here in Oxford, Ohio.
Back at home, a wonderful bottle of 2005 Yalumba Shiraz Viognier, The "Y" Series, awaited us. This wine was such a wonderful surprise for under $15.00! As you may have noticed, I am not a big red wine drinker. What caught my attention with this wine was the addition of Viognier to the Shiraz. A partnership that worked so well! Yalumba is one of the oldest family owned winery's in Australia. They are located in Angaston, South Australia. The Hill Smith Family has been around making wine for the past 150 years! Their 2005 Yalumba Shiraz Viognier is comprised of 94% Shiraz and 6% Viognier with an alcohol content of 13.5%. That little bit of Viognier gives this wine such a nice hint of floral on the nose and the Shiraz a lucious sweet berry, dark plum, (check out the luscious dark color of this wine) and hint of spice aroma. These same aromas jumped right into my mouth and were very full tasting on the palate. The tannins were very well balanced and even textured which made for a nice smooth, silky, savory finish. Ahhh, so tasty!
I must say, such a great wine to start the end of a great weekend!