Hugh Hamilton Jekyll & Hyde Shiraz Viognier 750ml 2017
Awards: 90 Points Halliday Wine Companion
Blend: 95% Shiraz 5% Viognier
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Units Per Case: 6
Charges out of the glass. The heady lift of a harvester’s basket filled to the brim with ripe red cherries. Sweet and meaty. It’s a big punchy palate too – like a bouncer wearing a velour tracksuit; soft but brawny. Beyond velour there’s wafts of denim and leather, rosehip and red liquorice. A light tap of oak, to match the large slap of fruit carries it home to a tremendous and lasting finish.
There aren’t many times I can think of when adding a lighter colour leads to a darker one but the Jekyll is just that kind of paradox. By co-fermenting the varieties the Viognier skins help the colour molecules to form more stable complexes, and thereby create a darker colour.