Viognier as a variety that is extremely finicky as to the growing conditions that insure balanced flavors, which makes site selection all-important. Where it’s too hot the vines need to be harvested before the grape can develop much flavor. In addition, it needs time to sink roots. Viognier made from immature vines usually lacks flesh. Finally, although Viognier’s vineyard yields are unpredictable, it can’t be over cropped as there’s a direct correlation between tonnage and quality.
This is what great Viognier is all about: flesh and pleasure. There’s nothing innocent tasting here.
When asked if he sculpted this wine out of the image of France’s Condrieu, George replies, ”Condrieu? Tastes like shit mate. The wine has no flavour.” Well said...
The Shinas family heritage is Greek, with wine making stemming back over 8 generations. The Shinas family migrated to Australia in the early 1950’s. Originally they never sold the wines they made, they would consume a great portion of it and the balance of the wine was gifted to family and friends.
The demand became so high for Shinas Estate wines from family, friends & local restaurants, that in 2002 Shinas Estate Australia was formed.
To this day Shinas Estate has remained a micro boutique winery making wines the traditional way. Our wine-making secrets and method have been passed down through the generations.
Shinas Estate is based on the outskirts of Mildura, Victoria on the majestic Murray river.
The regions Mediterranean climate and ancient soils make the perfect partnership for growing premium grapes and producing fine quality Shinas Estate Wines.