2020 Bobar Shiraz Viognier
A glittering deep pink with an aromatic nose of raspberry, pomegranate, peony and red apple, tastes like a rhubarb danish, feels like poached summer fruits. A delicate and intricate palate but one that also has great intensity and length.
Shiraz from Dixons Creek to the north of Yarra Glen in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, its extra altitude and gentle south facing slope lending restraint and purity was blended with a healthy dose of Viognier from the slopes to the west of Yarra Glen. A more expansive easterly slope with full sun exposure allows more silky ripeness to develop in the Viognier.
The Bobar wines are made simply but with precision by Sally and Tom Belford, intent and craft. They are natural wines without chicanery, thumping or whirring and are an unbridled expression of this part of the Yarra Valley’s unique confluence of climate and terrain. Bobar wines are made with love, passion and soul.
2020 Bobar Shiraz Viognier
What is natural wine?
The philosophy of natural wine is one of minimal-intervention, from vineyard to cellar. Natural wines are made using quality grapes, generally grown using organic and biodynamic practices, however vineyards may not always be certified as such due to the restrictive nature of these certification systems. Natural wines in most cases won't be filtered or fined, processes which generally involve the use of animal products.
Are your wines vegan friendly?
In almost all cases yes! Generally if you see "unfiltered and unfined" this will be an assurance that no animal products have been used in the process. The fining process is where conventional winemakers will often use egg and fish products (yep pretty gross) to remove sediment from wines. The sediment is natural, healthy and adds flavour so natural wine makers almost always leave some of it in.
Are your wines chemical free?
In most cases yes, natural wines generally use grapes grown using biodynamic or organic farming methods and will have none of the over 200 additives that can be found in conventional wines, with the occasional exception of a tiny amount of sulphur. Some natural winemakers choose to add a small amount of sulphur (SO2) to ensure their wines are less volatile, while a lot of natural winemakers believe strongly against this.
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