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2014 Yalumba Hand Picked Eden Valley Shiraz Viognier

Winemaker's Notes

The addition of Viognier to Shiraz adds complexity and nuance to the wine. Using only the best Eden Valley fruit, this wine is rich in concentrated fruit flavour. Traditionally, the two different grape varieties for this wine have been crushed and fermented together.

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2014 Yalumba Hand Picked Eden Valley Shiraz Viognier

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Wine Companion (2012 Vintage) says
Brooding dark berried fruit flavour with edges of leather and crushed spice. Raspberry, liquorice and earth notes too. Creamy vanillin oak adds more to texture than to flavour. What really characterises this wine is its combination of composure and push of intensely fine, insistent tannin.
Drink by 2023
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Vivid purple hue; the fresh and fragrant bouquet offers black fruits, violets and anise; the medium-bodied palate is fleshy and generous, with a backbone of fine tannins and a lingering charry toast note on the fine-boned finish.
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion.
95
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Elegant and savoury, with a delicate, earthy and spicy bouquet of small dark berries and plums lifted by scents of blue flowers, musky spices and charcuterie notes. It?s medium to full=bodied, smooth and fine-grained, with a plump, sweetly fruited mid palate farmed by fine, powdery tannins and finishing with length and persistence.
2018-2022
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
90
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
96This is a stonking Yalumba Eden Valley Shiraz, and perhaps the best under this label yet. Just 2-3% co-fermented viognier is invisible, the focus instead remaining resolutely on the aromatic and perfumed character of shiraz in the cool Eden Valley. It abounds in violet perfume and deep layers of black plums, black cherries and liquorice, deep and succulent yet simultaneously refined and focused. Very fine, silky yet firm tannins point to a long future. Cork seal.
2020-2025
Wine Taste Weekly
96
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
A statement of style and technique as much as the regional double act of Barossa and Eden Valley fruit, this has attractive, seductive aromatics and a fine, earthy appeal - really bold and beautiful. The palate's framed in chewy tannin, typical of the powerful '06 vintage, delivering plum and dark berry flavour long through the finish. Terrific value; give this a couple of years for the best results
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
An imposing wine of undoubted concentration and class; red fruits sit comfortably on top of darker notes, with a strong mineral element coming through the floral fruit
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Hits some lovely savoury edges thanks to the shiraz quality and sensible additional of five percent viognier.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
86
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Good colour; medium-bodied, with attractive lifted fruit aromas and flavours, fine tannins and good length. Super-weight bottle and rather ratty cork.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
93
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
Yalumba owner Rob Hill-Smith is starting to look more and more like King Midas, and not just on account of his ever-growing empire. If you recall, Midas did a good turn for Dionysus the god of wine, and got the golden touch as a reward. Well, Yalumba's certainly got that—try this superb wine and see if I'm not right. I just hope Robert doesn't become a follower of Pan and grow massive donkey ears, like poor old Midas.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
93
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Slightly cooked and raw, lacking its customary focus, this meaty, savoury and spirity young red delivers a confectionery-like expression of raspberries and cassis, cinnamon and cloves, with a musky, floral perfume. Moderately long, it's backed by smoky chocolatey oak, but dries out a little, finishing with nuances of mint and menthol.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
88
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
This wine has come a long way since the first release seven or eight years ago. Back then it had almost fifteen per cent viognier; this 2005 has only four per cent. It tastes better than ever. 2005 RELEASE Yummo. Terrifically savoury-sweet, sophisticated, smooth and supple. The damn thing even looks vibrant, and its fresh flavours of blackberry, cherry, sandalwood and earth make the wine seem lively in your mouth. If you're planning on serving this at dinner - would you mind if I dropped in? Please? DRINK 2008-2016
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
93
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Hits some lovely savoury edges thanks to the shiraz quality and sensible additional of five percent viognier.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
This has some forthright aromatics (4% Viognier) and there's a more modern lift to the nose. Red fruit flavours and fine tannin glide through the silky supple palate, lots of depth and sweet ripe fruit, superb balance and length. A savoury tannin carriage, this is on form!
WBM Wine 10, 2008 2008
94
Tyson Stelzer (2005 Vintage) says
Another consistent performer from the Yalumba stable, this wine does the juicy, fruit powered Shiraz Viognier thing extremely well. Its rich, velvety palate is choc full of vibrant berry/ cherry/ plum fruit, backed up with fine tannins.
WBM Wine 100, 2008 2008
93
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Good colour; a vibrant and fresh bouquet with Viognier lift; a very substantial wine in the mouth, with texture and structure from quite firm tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A well-balanced blend whose viognier sits neatly in the background, providing a delicate lift of spice and texture without being at all obtrusive. Fragrant and spicy, its musky, floral aromas of black and red berries, plums and restrained vanilla oak are laced with cinnamon and pepper. Fine, silky and elegant, its intense, meaty expression of jujube-like fruit is framed by firm, tightly knit tannins, finishing with undertones of minerals and a pleasing acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
93

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