2016 Yalumba Organic Viognier
Produced from the Barich family's vineyard in the South Australian Riverland, a vineyard located on the Murray River at Loxton and rightly admired as a pioneer for organic viticulture in this country, showing that organic grapes need not be more expensive to grow, nor do they need more water (the Barich vineyard uses significantly less water than many of it's neighbours).
This then is a lighter style of Viognier, still showing plenty of Viognier richness and fun, but without the oily fat that many others from this variety can show. Crisp, aromatic and delicious - this is exactly what is required for the price point.
Winemaking / Viticulture: Located on the Murray River at Loxton, the Barich family property features a beautiful organic vineyard that produces wonderful Viognier. Since the 2011 vintage these grapes have been complemented by the Bassham family’s vineyard in Barmera. Meticulous hand detailed work in both vineyards ensures the grapes are in perfect condition when they are picked. Made with organic winemaking techniques this wine was fermented with indigenous yeast and little intervention from the winemaker.
Vintage Conditions: The 2016 growing season started well with a warm and dry spring, December and January. Cool nights during this period and rain at the end of January helped freshen up the vines before a return to warm weather in February, which led to even and healthy ripening of the Viognier grapes.
Winemaker’s Comments: This wine is pale straw in colour with green hues. The aroma is a complex mix of pretty white flowers, jasmine and honeysuckle with fennel and ginger. Creamy, rich and long flavours on the palate include fresh apricot nectar and star fruit, leading into a succulent mid palate with bright citrus flavours and Asian five spice on the finish.
Pair with vegetarian Pad Thai, or Moroccan spiced couscous. Vegan friendly.
expert reviews about
2016 Yalumba Organic Viognier
"I don't have a bias towards Organic wines but I am biased towards getting reviews of them onto the site, for good or ill. For whatever reason. This one came up pretty well in the glass. It's certainly loaded with varietal character. Lots of spice and fruit power. Ginger and stone fruits. A touch of alcohol warmth. It almost smells and tastes like a highly hopped beer. An inkling of texture. Pretty good but it feels just a tad too warm on the finish."www.thewinefront.com.au
Bright quartz-green; there is definite musk and apricot-tinged varietal fruit expression on both bouquet and palate; surprisingly, grown at Loxton in the Riverland by the Barich family. Doubly accredited, and a great advertisement for organic growing.2013Australian Wine Companion 2012
There are plenty of stone fruits and even hints of tropicals Ð mango, peach and ginger - creeping into the mix in this super-young and fresh viognier. The palate carries the trademark viognier weight and delivers plenty of supple, soft apricot and peach fruit. Bright and easy.NowThe Good Wine Guide
Sourced from an organic vineyard in Loxton, this has a zesty citrus and stone fruit nose; it really smells tangy and full of life. The palate is smoothly assembled and evenly shaped with plenty of stone fruit and citrus here too. Nice work indeed!The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Subtle on the nose but intensely flavoured, fine, deep and pure, finishing dry and powerfulQuaff 2010 2009
Tony and Pam Barich are clearly doing something right at their biodynamic Riverland vineyard, the source of the grapes for Yalumba's organic viognier. The 2007 vintage won the trophy for best white at last year's Organic Wine Show in Sydney, and the 2008 vintage picked up one of only three gold medals at the same show earlier this year. It is a terrific expression of the grape: aromatic, full of yellow apricots and honeysuckle, with that honey theme continuing on the tongue, finishing with a good, clean, fresh dryness.Gourmet Traveller Wine, 2009 2009
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