i tried this blend (93% shiraz, 7% viognier) at my local wine shop tasting and picked up a bottle based on the tasting for the nice price of $13. it was in the wine rack for a few months and i had forgotten about it. when i discovered it i decided to give it a revisit. the nose was very favorable with a burst of plum, some red raspberry, and nice chocolate notes. i also picked up some slight floral notes from the viognier, and some earthy, woody aromas. hopefully the taste would match the nose. the palate was not overwhelming, but grew on me as the wine opened up. initial taste was a slightly spicy blackberry and cherry with some pepper notes. not an overly complex wine but it still had some very nice floral and earth flavors that started to show as the wine got more air. the tannins were medium and the wine had a overall nice balance. try this with any winter time meal of stew or red meat, or even a pizza while watching some football.