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2015 Tahbilk Viognier

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It’s very possible that Viognier would be more popular if more people could pronounce it. Here’s a handy tip, it’s Vee-on-yey – there, that’s not so hard is it? What is so special about the Tahbilk version is that it emulates the best of the Rhone and announces itself with citrus and heightened floral aromas. It has a slippery and exotic texture enlivened by flavours of apricot and peach. Fresh, soft acids fill out the finish, making it a suitable food wine especially with poultry.

Winemaker's Notes

Tahbilk Viognier releases are considered to be best appreciated as youthful and exuberant wines when their distinguishing floral and stone fruit characters are to the fore.

Tahbilk 2015 Viognier is characterised by aromas of ginger, rose petals and citrus blossom; the palate is softly textured with apricot, stone fruit intensity, honeysuckle notes and a long fragrant finish.

Drink now to 2017/2019.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2015 Tahbilk Viognier

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Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Unusually delicate and subtle for viognier, with a spicy, floral bouquet of honeysuckle, cloves, cinnamon and ginger backed by creamy and nutty complexity plus reserved notes of apricot and tangerine. It?s brightly lit, fresh and focused, with a pure, translucent varietal presence of surprising suppleness and restraint, finishing long and gentle, with a refreshing acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
“Pale but bright quartz-green; here the vintage has helped create a Viognier with plenty of varietal presence (courtesy of peach and apricot) without investing the wine with the phenolics one often encounters.”
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Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Delicate, almost shy aromas of lemon blossom, spice and minerals precede a lean taut and edgy palate whose pure concentrated fruit is wrapped in a greenish, spiky acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Pretty, floral and spicy, with a perfume of jasmine, apricot and peach backed by spicy notes of cinnamon and clove, it's supple, fine and elegant, with a reserved, tightly controlled palate of fresh, pristine varietal flavour that finishes spicy and savoury, but without the length for a higher rating.
The Australian Wine Annual
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Getting more interesting each year and showing the variety's full-rounded palate and peach apricot flavours. Drink young.
Rob Geddes MW
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Rather full-on and exaggerated, this is however an enjoyable and uncomplicated viognier with a luscious, voluminous expanse of apricot essence and tinned fruit, cloves and cinnamon backed by dusty, fine tannins. Fruit driven and surprisingly restrained, it's long, smooth and generous, but still manages to finish with a savoury aspect.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Getting more interesting each year and showing the variety's full rounded palate and peach/apricot flavours. Drink young.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Well made; varietal flavour is achieved without loss of finesse, freshness and length; a delicate apricot and citrus mix with crisp acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Scented with cloves, cinnamon and orange blossom, its lime and tangerine-like aromas precede a fresh, citrusy palate of restrained varietal flavours, with a fine chalky undercarriage and a pleasing length of fruit finished by crisp, crunchy acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Has benefited from a year in bottle, gaining weight and complexity; apricot, toast and a touch of honey, then good acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Ken Gargett (2006 Vintage) says
Tahbilk rules when it comes to marsanne. They've made it for decades and it is a fair bet that they have not only the oldest vines in the world but the most plantings. It does a 'bland caterpillar into beautiful butterfly' routine after a few years, but no one has the patience wait. On the other hand, viognier—another Rhone variety—is all about now. Masses of flavour from the get-go, with apricot dominant. Drink this while you wait for the marsanne to emerge.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Glowing yellow-green; very rich multi-fruit style, drizzled with honey; avoids phenolics on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Highly aromatic; the wine is laden with peach pastille mid-palate fruit, the finish clear and uncluttered.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Fragrant, with good varietal character; balanced, but fractionally short on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the full-blown bouquet offers dried fruit, pear and apricot aromas; the palate has similarly sturdy flavour, again showing some dried fruit characters, yet not phenolic. Thoroughly user-friendly.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003

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