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2014 Yalumba The Virgilius Eden Valley Viognier

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You have to admire Yalumba for backing themselves with viognier. They have been the trailblazers with the variety in Australia, and the Virgilius has an almost cult following, and is seen as a benchmark for the style. Ripe apricots and assorted stone fruits leap out of the glass, along with a decent whiff of fresh ginger and some honeysuckle florals. The palate is fulsome and rich at 14% alcohol, with lush stone fruit flavours, a velvety, honeyed mouthfeel, and a decent zip of citrusy acidity cleaning up the long, sauntering finish. Great with spicy dishes, or butter-poached shellfish.

Winemaker's Notes

Viognier is the wine for poets – exotic, luscious, seductive, opulent, sexy, mysterious, vivacious and vibrant. Its descriptions transcend flavours and aromas, showcasing its allure and rarity.

Pale gold with green highlights, the nose has intense aromas of fresh picked apricots, cardamom and fresh ginger. Lifted ginger spice is layered on the palate with mineral texture, apricots and white stone fruit flavours. The trademark Viognier lusciousness of the palate is clearly evident in this wine which is unctuous and complex while at the same time showing purity and restraint. At its best with food, The Virgilius complements a wide range of flavours, particularly dishes with spice and rich flavours.

Cellaring: The Virgilius, while showing all the virtues of great Viognier as a young wine, will reward cellaring as it evolves in the bottle, with even more layers of flavour and aroma.

Vegan Friendly.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2014 Yalumba The Virgilius Eden Valley Viognier

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, fermented and matured for 12 months in used French barriques and puncheons. Bright straw-green; shows why Virgilius is accepted as the standard for all others to seek to achieve, with varietal expression crystal clear in a complex structural web.
Drink by 2019
96
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Sophistication is the order of the day. This label has come such a long way over the course of its history. This release retains its trademark power but presents as a refined, complex wine with a sizzling crackle of flavour bursting through the finish. Stone fruits and spice, but pulling this wine apart doesn’t do it justice. It’s quite sensational. Drink to 2017.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015 Reviews
96
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; the bouquet is extremely complex, with both wood and fruit aromas, the palate with layers of complexity far beyond that obtained by any other Australian producer; exceptional length and great balance to all the components.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
96
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Is it just me, or is Virgilius becoming more refined, complex and textural with each new vintage? I love the modern expression of this label and 2010 encapsulates its finer points more precisely than ever: a brilliant green tint to a pale straw hue; effortless, low alcohol balance; layers of struck flint and gunpowder complexity; signature viognier apricot, peach and lemon fruit; delightfully mouth-filling texture; all seamlessly interwoven with wild fermentation complexity and breathtaking persistence. Stunning.
2013-2020
Wine Taste Weekly - 18/01/14
95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
First tasted over two years ago, and has coasted through the intervening time, the colour of gleaming green, the palate elegant, the mouthfeel (often the Achilles heel of viognier) superb, with mandarin, peach and apricot in a silken web of citrussy acidity. Proves that if viognier is good enough, cellaring carries no fears.
2017
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012
96
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Finely crafted and elegant, with a spicy floral perfume of tangerine, melon and lime backed by notes of minerals, clove and cinnamon. It's long and smooth, fine and silky, delivering gentle, fluffy presence of vibrant citrus and melon flavour that almost obscures its fine, dusty texture. It finishes with lingering flavours of apricot, cloves and musk, with a hint of funkiness.
2014-2017
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Hand-picked grapes are whole bunch-pressed direct to barrel (used) and lees stirred for 11 months. The most remarkable feature is its depth of white peach and apricot flavour, achieved without the phenolics that can so easily destroy the finish of this variety.
To 2011
Australian Wine Companion 2011
96
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Immediately proclaims its class and power on the first whiff of the bouquet; an emphatic varietal statement on the palate, with pear, apricot and musk tied by citrussy acidity, barrel ferment adding texture and structure
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
96
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A very interesting wine; despite its well-deserved icon status, is relatively low in alcohol, and has much more finesse than most prior vintages; it is also ageing slowly and with grace. Best yet.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
96
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Gentle peach and apricot aromas, then an ultra-complex and supple mouthfeel, with no impact whatsoever from the alcohol. A brilliant exercise in restrained power.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
96

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