Hobbs Tango Shiraz Viognier 2012
Wow - this is an intense wine. Dark, rich and concentrated, and at 16.2% alcohol it has all the hallmarks of a monster. But its power is beautifully balanced, smooth and approachable making this a very gentle monster. Pity they make such a small quantity!
“Black fruit, Turkish apricot, some toast and spice. Big flood of sweet dark fruit, raspberry coulis and stone fruit the main flavours, with a smattering of earthiness. Very fine ripe tannin. Even acidity. Pretty good finish. Holds its alcohol like a sailor. Feels so very deluxe. Warm finish that’s quite sweet and brown bread-like, pulling in tighter with emery-like tannin. Almost certain to find an audience that will adore its large scale and flamboyant nature.” 92 points Gary Walsh, Wine Front. (He’s not a fan of this style, so this is a very good score from him).
“Deep garnet-purple coloured… has a beautiful nose of wild blueberries and blackcurrants over nuances of aniseed, roses, dark chocolate, lavender, cloves and aged meat. Very big, full-bodied and buxom on the palate, the densely packed fruit flavours have lovely freshness and vitality, framed by fine-grained tannins and finishing with great length.” 94 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate.