Viking Grand Shiraz 2004 Barossa Valley South Australia
93/100 - James Halliday
90/100 - Stephen Tanzer
James Halliday - "...immensely powerful and concentrated, awash with black fruits, spice and dark chocolate, which have in turn consumed the oak; 50-year-old dry-grown vines."
James Halliday - "With 50-year-old, dry-grown and near-organic vineyards yielding 1-1.5 tonnes per acre in Marananga, Viking Wines was ‘discovered' by Robert Parker Jr with inevitable consequences for the price of its top Shiraz. There are 5ha of shiraz and 3ha of cabernet sauvignon."
Viking Wines became famous when discovered by Robert Parker Jrn in the early 1992. Viking Wines has some of the Barossa Valley region's oldest, biodynamic vineyards, and its wines are all of limited quantity. The small vineyard is located in the heart of Marananga in South Australia's Barossa Valley. Prior to the Viking Wines brand being established, it's grapes were sold to Penfolds and used in its celebrated "Grange" wine - Australia's most famous wine.
Viking Wines are sleek and smooth, full-bodied with concentrated black fruit, silky soft tannins, with well-rounded lengthy finishes. The wines have good age-worthiness due to the power of the fruit and high alcohol.
The Barossa Valley is an extremely important wine-producing region within the Barossa zone of South Australia, particularly associated with powerful red wines from the red wine grape variety Shiraz. A prestigious and internationally renowned region, it is not only home to some of the oldest vineyards and wineries in Australia but produces some of its most recognizable and sought-after brands. A striking feature of the Barossa Valley's wine landscape is the presence of very old vines, proudly showcased on many wine labels and during vineyard tours.