Arrogant Frog Croak Rotie Shiraz 2011

The wine's name is kind of humorous for wine geeks I guess, although I suspect it may elicit more than a couple of blank stares.  A blend of 91% shiraz and 9% viognier, in name and composition it plainly is aimed at capturing the shiraz viognier market, at the modest price of $11.  A deep purple in colour, it opens to an unexpectedly intense aroma, for a Pays d'Oc wine, of plums, spices and apricots.  The palate has medium-high acid, medium tannins, some length, plums and apricots.  To nit pick, there is a slight sweetness suggesting some residual sugar, and perhaps the viognier is handled a little heavy handedly.  For the price, it's hard to be too fussy.  Acceptable to Good

Abv: 13.5%
Price: $10.99
Source: sample
Tasted: August 2012

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