2008 Yalumba Viognier Eden Valley South Australia

SKU #1051818

92 points, a "Smart Buy" and one of the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2009: "Smooth and creamy, the polished texture supporting an explosive range of lemon meringue, pear, pineapple and spice flavors that ease into the long, vivid finish. Drink now through 2012." (11/09) Australia has not always been my go to region for white wine. Recently though, I have discovered incredible Rieslings from Clare Valley, delightful Semillons from Hunter Valley and now this exceptional Viognier from Eden Valley. Yalumba is still one of Australia's oldest continuously owned and operated family wineries and it shows in the details of this broad flavored wine. It possesses a wide range of floral aromas, pineapple, citrus and a vibrant long finish. I was almost transported to Condrieu, home of the world's best Viognier producers! Factor in the price and this truly is one of the most remarkable buys anywhere. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/25/2009  | Send Email
In addition to being Australia's oldest family winery, Yalumba is also the source of Australia's first commercial Viognier plantings (done in 1980) and continues to be the largest mature Viognier resource as well as the oldest commercial vines in the Southern Hemisphere. If you are looking for Condrieu in Australia, Yalumba is your spot. The 2008 Eden Valley Viognier is like Condrieu on vacation down-under: a litte more relaxed, maybe a little more forward, certainly more fun - but never losing that sophisticaed edge when it comes to balance of aroma, texture, and flavor. A nose of lemon merengue (I promise I actually wrote this in my notes before reading the Wine Spectator review) and key lime leads into a medium-bodied palate that shows lychee fruit and a creamy minerality. There is an overlay of blossom, but it is not too overpowering. The finish is long and dry. These qualities certainly set it apart from most other Viognier at this price that I have tasted to date.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mācon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Eden Valley