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2015 Yalumba The Virgilius Eden Valley Viognier

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    RRP $55.99 per bottle

    Our Price $44.99

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    $269.94 (6 x 750ml)

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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 13.5% 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.

    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
    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
    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
    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.
    Wine Taste Weekly - 18/01/14
    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.
    James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012
    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.
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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

    winemaker's notes

    The Virgilius is Yalumba’s most distinguished Viognier - a wine that shows power with restraint. As Yalumba’s most premium and enchanting white wine, it is loved by wine lovers looking for something beyond the more conventional offering.

    Terroir & Site: After 35 years we believe that the Eden Valley has proved its place as one of the great homes of Viognier. The ‘new’ clones, imported by the Yalumba nursery, are starting to mature and bear fruit that we can compare to each other and our established vineyards. While not enough volume or vine age for the Virgilius yet, the diversity of this material will help us to look at further planting material.

    Winemaking & Viticulture: Handpicked grapes were whole-bunch pressed directly to mature French oak barriques, where it was fermented by ‘wild’ or indigenous yeasts found naturally occurring in the vineyard. These wild ferments play a small and subtly different part in the development of the wine, creating layers of richness, complexity, fine textures and flavours. After fermentation the wine was aged on lees with regular batonnage for ten months to further heighten the palate weight and increase the complexity and flavour generosity.

    Tasting Comments:The Virgilius Viognier is pale gold in colour with green highlights. The nose has intense aromas of early season just picked apricots, cardamom and fresh ginger. Lifted ginger spice is layered on the palate with mineral texture and complex apricots and cashew nut savouriness. The trademark Viognier lusciousness of the palate is clearly evident in this wine. It is complex while at the same time showing purity and restraint that will unwind slowly in the glass to begin a sensory journey. 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%