Weirdly, this Languedoc wine calls its Syrah “Shiraz”. I suspect that is to appeal to drinkers more used to buying new world varietals. I also suspect that that is a profitable strategy. People know what Shiraz Viognier is, and that makes it easier to buy than a Languedoc or D’Oc labelled wine.
This Domaine Gau 2011 Shiraz Viognier from Laithwaites was pretty good, and didn’t have to travel half way around the world, so a smidge more cash could be spent on the grapes in the bottle rather than their bus fare to England.
At 13% alcohol it wasn’t as bold as a similar example from Australia might be, but it tasted good. There was a dark fruity pepperiness balanced by what felt like a squeeze of stone fruit sweetness.
It hasn’t made it onto a must-drink list, but I’d drink it again, with a smile, and would be a good choice for outdoor summer dining. £8.50 seems only a little steep £7.50 would be spot on.