2012 Yalumba "FSW8B Botrytis" Viognier Wrattonbully South Australia (375ml)

SKU #1131345 93 points Wine Spectator

 Silky, creamy, ultrasweet and fresh, offering layers of pear, vanilla and floral flavors that just won't quit on the beguiling finish. This has the intensity to improve with cellaring. Drink now through 2019.  (6/2013)

K&L Notes

Conditions in Wrattonbully are naturally well-suited to botryitised dessert wine production. Already generously concentrated fruit begins to set botrytis cinerea as the morning mists of autumn arrive and the grapes are allowed to hang. The 2012 FSW8B Botrytis Viognier was carefully harvested in two vineyard passes one month apart, as the healthy botrytis continued to develop and affect additional berries. From the winery: "Pale straw with a lime green hue in colour. The nose is ethereal with a rich note of crème brulée that is followed by enticing aromas of cinnamon, star anise, and key lime pie. Rich lingering flavours of kumquat marmalade, poached apricots, cinnamon and star anise lead to a sweet and balanced finish. The wine shows a savoury complexity and wonderful synergy between luscious sweetness and lively acidity."

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Alcohol Content (%): 10.5