2009 Yalumba "The Virgilius" Viognier Eden Valley South Australia
Vibrant colour, green hue; has a great pedigree and the evolution of style is fascinating. Foregoing opulence for restraint, the bouquet offers a complex array of blanched almonds, cinnamon, clove and the typical apricot kernel of the variety; the palate is tightly wound, super fresh and long, and the acidity is incredibly fine, almost taking it into top chardonnay territory; superbly constructed.
Wine & Spirits
A wine of gentle persistence and harmony, this leads with scents of ambrosia and peach preserves. The flavors are savory, with an intriguing pale tannin character that sets it up for food. In winter, go with something spicy, like classic Sichuan twice-cooked pork. Or, in summer, a fava bean salad with fresh ricotta and crispy bacon.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light yellow-gold. Classic viognier aromas of white peach, candied lemon, white flowers and spices. Lush but energetic, offering sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors energized by zesty citrus and white pepper notes. Finishes smooth and quite long, with the peach and spice notes repeating. This viognier has a very good track record for aging.
Yalumba’s flagship Viognier is a broad, powerful wine, with pineapple and apricot flavors marked by hints of floral perfume and spice. Not quite as aromatically expressive as the Eden Valley bottling, it may be a touch denser and more concentrated, with potential to evolve through 2014 or so.
The 2009 The Virgilius Viognier has a floral, peach blossom and jasmine scented nose with some ripe apple and fresh apricots notes plus a touch of mace. Full-bodied with medium-high acid, it gives a silky texture, somewhat restrained fruit and a long finish. Delicious now, it should remain fresh through 2013.