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2015 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 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

Mike Bennie (2015 Vintage) says
Sleek and svelte, this is a wine of inward concentration and reserved power. It shows strong perfume of frangipani, sugared almonds, apricot in coconut, faint chamomile. It races across the palate with a firm mineral-charged lift of acidity, yet shows gently oiliness (just right) and a supple flush of just ripe apricot flavours. It finishes long, and with a pleasing, gently bitter twist. It’s a wine of class, no doubt, and drinking it feels very satisfying.
94
Huon Hooke (2015 Vintage) says
Bright, medium to light yellow; toasted nut bouquet with some smokiness and creamy lees influence. The palate is intense and soft, rich and rounded, and finishes properly dry without grip or sappiness or excessive alcohol. Deep and layered: an excellent wine. There is concentration but no heavy-handedness.
2017 - 2022
93
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
Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
It's the most overt barrels that miss the cut for Virgilius, reinforcing the evolution toward elegance as vines and minds mature. A statement of masterful craftsmanship, in which gorgeous texture meets understated complexity.
WBM Reviews August, 2014
95
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
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Vine age and winemaking experience makes Virgilius more restrained and textural with each passing season, and the 2009 is another cracker. Lemon, lime and pepper are the themes of the bouquet, the palate adding stone fruits and nutmeg. It will improve in bottle for the next five years and potentially even longer.
WBM Wine 100, 2010
95
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Understated style that shows itself with subtlety, a rare example of this variety with finesse. This should be drunk young as with the French model.
2013
Australian Wine Vintages
90
Campbell Mattinson (2009 Vintage) says
I'm not a noted fan of viognier but this edition of The Virgilius is very, very good. Such a tight, precise wine. It has power and opulence but the rein is held very tight. Ginger, shell grit, melon, coconut, pips and stones. Terrific length. Composure all over. A tip-top white wine.
www.thewinefron.com.au, 2011
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
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.
2014
Australian Wine Companion 2012
95
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
95
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This 2009 is looking every bit the part, with bright gingery-apricot and peach-custard aromas. The oak's been thoroughly digested, and lees stirring has built a savoury apricot kernel and nutty complexity too. The palate's richly textured, with a sturdy core that begs for food - even duck confit will work! Plenty of layered stone fruits, peach and honey to finish - good all-round balance.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
94
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Another handy flagship white from Yalumba, this latest incarnation of viognier at its highest expression delivers pristine, essence-like apricot fruit aromas amid ginger and gently nutty complexity. The palate has a rich, smooth and seamless texture, stretching ripe peach and apricot flavour deep through the almond-tinged finish. Subtle and convincing.
Now
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
94
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
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Scented with floral and spicy aromas of melon, apricot and a hint of mineral, this luscious, lightly candied, heavily textured and oily viognier sits heavily on the palate. It's luscious and richly flavoured but becomes rather brassy towards its slightly short finish of soft acids.
2009-2010
Australian Wine Annual 2010
87
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Understated style that shows itself with subtlety, a rare example of this variety with finesse. This should be drunk young as with the French model.
2010-13
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
This is one of the greatest Australian Viogniers that I have ever tasted. Louisa Rose says it was only by chance that it came in at just 13.5% this vintage, but the calm precision that this cooler style bestows on the wine is mesmerising. It's textured, lifted, spicy, long and concentrated
WBM Wine 100, 2010
95
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Not only Yalumba's flagship viognier but their flagship white wine. This '07 shows classic ripe, rich ginger and apricot-stone fruit aromas, with subtle mealy barrel-derived complexity; concentrated with a glow of minerals below the fruit. Plenty of texture and weight, a savoury and seriously structured viognier with no punches pulled; richness and power are tightly fitted together, bright acid line.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Yalumba has got the handling of this challenging variety down pat; mouthfilling yet not phenolic, with apricot and almond flavours coursing through the length of a long palate
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Intense, spicy and rather candied, with a meaty, apricot like bouquet over suggestions of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg plus slightly wild and leesy, yeasty undertones. Rather full, slightly fat and oily, it's unctuous and brassy, with an oily thickness and a hard, warmish and savoury finish. Lacks its customary harmony and elegance, and will be faster than usual to mature.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
89
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Understated style that shows itself with subtlety, a rare example of this variety with finesse. This should be drunk young as with the French model.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
91
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
The Virgilius viognier is the top-priced wine in the Yalumba white wine portfolio. It's a statement on the passion Yalumba has for this grape. It would be fair to say that, over the years, I've taken a fair bit of convincing that it's worth all the effort - though in the past year or two I have started to come around. This release has deliciousness laid on in spades. It's a heady mix of white flowers, apricot kernel, nuts and limes and dough. It's glycerol but has good, spicy, semi-bitter length too - it's quite a package.
www.winefront.com.au, 2008 2008
92
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Yalumba's The Virgilius 2007 has typical orange apricot kernel aromas with a little lift of lively citrus. It is pressed direct to barrel and there is no clarification, with plenty of solids and wild yeast providing some texture and flavour. This is a refined beauty.
West Weekend Magazine, 2008 2008
93
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
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Understated style that shows itself with subtlety, a rare example of this variety with finesse. This should be drunk young as with the French model.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
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
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Pungent, wiId, very reductive and rubbery aromas blow away, to reveal spicy, honeysuckle-like scents of apricot-like fruit with undertones of wheatmeal. It's long, smooth and unctuous, delivering a seamless and almost silky expression of juicy flavour that culminates in a savour, smoky finish. Likely to flesh out nicely.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
93
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
This wine was intended to be the Grange of viognier, so to speak. It's always excellent—nobody does viognier like Yalumba does viognier after all. But I thought early on they tried to be just a bit too refined with a variety that, basically, we love for its exuberance. Now they've managed to combine some of that refinement with the grape's trademark decadence and it works. One day, they might start calling Grange the Virgilius of reds. But don't hold your breath.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
94
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
Campbell Mattinson (2004 Vintage) says
he Virgilius has rarely lacked power but this release adds restraint and delicacy - this is a world class viognier. Subtle pear and spice scents build into a deliciously potent mouthful of stencilled flavour, the finish blossomy and wild and exciting; I drank it while it was still well chilled, and it was quite something.
www.winefrontmonthly.com.ua, 2005 2005
94
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Fragrantly perfumed with dusty, floral aromas of jasmine, honeysuckle and lime juice, with minerally undertones. Round, fleshy and juicy, the palate is long and smooth, presenting a careful integration of vibrant stonefruit, citrus and clove-like fruit with vanilla oak and an underlying funkiness. There's some babyfat like viscosity in the centre, before a long and smooth finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
93
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Toasty, nutty mealy aromas of ripe, spicy clove and fennel-like viognier are perfumed, earthy, meaty and slightly reductive. Juicy, plump and concentrated, the palate is smooth and buttery, with powerful bacon/butterscotch barrel ferment and malolactic influences that marginally flatten its fruit. The oak is assertive, oily and charry. While the wine does finish with pleasing length and structure, it is too oaky for a higher score.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Intense, complex aromas; excellent mouthfeel and length; lemony overtones to honeysuckle fruit; no alcohol heat.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
94
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Glowing yellow-green; the smooth, succulent and rich bouquet is as seamless as the Eden Valley varietal, the palate very powerful, intense and concentrated, but with a faintly phenolic finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
93
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is smooth, quite intense, with a mix of sweet apricot, apple and honey aromas. The palate is powerful, rounded and fleshy, with very good balance in the context of its uncompromising style, and has a long carry and finish. Australian Viognier at its best.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94

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%