La Violetta La Ciornia 2010
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La Violetta La Ciornia 2010

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Fine silky texture, cool acidity, medium weight and with good concentration. Wow. It just sucks you in from the start. - Mike Bennie

La Violetta and Andrew Hoadley gained international acclaim with their first ever release the La Ciornia 2008 wine. The La Ciornia blind-sided wine critics around the world with its tenderness, exotic personality and vampiric allure. Those who thought and got tired of Australian Shiraz had to abandon their perceptions of heavy oak and overriped fruits. This is entirely different.

The 2010 La Ciornia hails from this stunning lineage, sourced from the same excellent vineyard parcel and produced only in exceptional years. It retains all the qualities of berry scents, sweet pepperiness, silky texture, medium weight and cool acidity.

So, the name Ciornia (meaning ‘dark’ or ‘black’ in Russian) carries the 19th Century Romantic sense of being drawn by a fatalistic necessity to act decisively… ideally people will sing the song ‘Oci Ciornia’ when they are drinking it.

From ‘Oci Ciornia’ (Dark Eyes) by Hrebinka:

Oh, not for nothing are you darker than the deep!
I see mourning for my soul in you,
I see a triumphant flame in you: A poor heart immolated in it.

Perhaps more significantly, in the local dialect, ciornia is a term for an attractive woman. A very attractive woman. It’s also a pretty bad pun on Cxrnas, that hotbed of potent shiraz-making on the Rhxne.

This represents the very best of La Violetta and Andrew Hoadley.

94 points - Mike Bennie

 Vintage  2010
 Grape Variety  Shiraz
 Bottled  2011
 Growing Area  Denmark, Australia
 Alc %/Vol  13.5% v/v
 Cellar Potential  10+ years