Throughout its history, Yalumba has been willing to take a risk and back its judgement on a new variety, a new style, or a new direction, without losing sight of traditional strengths. Nowhere is this more evident than in the winery’s pioneering work in Australia with the rare and alluring Rhone grape variety, Viognier.
The vine cuttings shown on the Yalumba Viognier label depict the Hill Smith family's ability to think outside the square in the quest for quality. Such risk-taking and daring to make a difference has put Yalumba ahead of the rest in the ever-changing world of wine.
|Wine Spectator: Bright and tangy, with floral and green berry flavors that linger on the citrusy finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases imported. -HS
|Wine maker notes
|After harvest the Viognier grapes were gently pressed and the juice handled with controlled oxidation. The wine was fermented with indigenous yeast in stainless steel. These grapes, and the indigenous yeast that have transformed them into wine, have created layers of flavour and richness. After ferment the wine was left in yeast lees for a few months to increase the complexity and creaminess of the wine and add richness to the palate.
Bright straw with green tinges, the 2008 Y Series Viognier has aromas that typify this exotic variety, namely jasmine, white peach and honeysuckle. These aromas are mirrored in the palate that displays richness and texture from wild fermentation and lees aging. With a clean, persistent finish, complemented by some exotic spices, this wine will reward if served with five spice chicken.