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Fairbank Viognier

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

This cheeky little viognier is in the richer, apricotty vein, and shows plenty of stone fruits, spicy pears and toasty notes on the nose. The palate is fuller-bodied in the context of white wine with peachy and citrus rind flavours, a spritzy mouthfeel, and a lush, creamy finish. Would be great with a chicken laksa.

Winemaker's Notes

Pale yellow-grey, with a very bright green hint, very good brilliance.Intensity good to very good. A little bit reductive to start with, the aeration opens the nose very quickly, fruit (pear, peach), floral, and some toasty notes (hazelnut, oak).The mouthfeel is slightly fizzy to start with, followed by a rich texture and a soft savour, balanced by a good level of acid. The aromas are mostly fruity, with some notes of orange marmalade. The length is medium to long, supported by the volume and some aromas reminding of fermentation and fine lees. 2010 was a great vintage for viognier due to the great growing season and early flavour development. This wine is probably richer than previous year, making it even more suitable to match Asian food.

expert reviews about

Fairbank Viognier

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Stylish and savoury, with a complex fragrance of peach, apricot and honeysuckle lifted by spicy notes of cloves and ginger. Finely balanced, its long, juicy presence of pristine varietal stonefruit flavour is underpinned by a fine minerality, finishing with fresh acids and a charming spiciness.
2013-2016+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
92
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; this has less texture and structure than the Estate, but displays more peach/apricot varietal fruit; itÕs a question which you value more highly.
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Lean, savoury and brightly lit, with a crystal-clear expression of lime, grapefruit and tangerine flavour backed by spicy nuances of cloves and cinnamon. Scented with a light floral perfume, its long and dusty, with a pleasing length of translucent citrusy fruit wrapped in tangy, citrusy acids, finishing dry and mineral with a hint of lemon sherbet.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Brilliant straw-green; skilled winemaking avoids phenolics, but leaves varietal character on display; whole bunch-pressed and wild yeast-fermented results in a complex wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
91
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Sumptuous and powerful, but slightly raw-edged, with a musky, floral bouquet of tangerine, orange blossom and iced tea. It's broad, rather heavy-handed and aggressive, with a drying undercarriage bordering on the astringent, but finishing with weight and richness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
86
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Lifted by a musky and slightly confectionery perfume of rose oil and spice, this juicy, round and slightly sweet riesling delivers a textured, rather skinsy palate whose pear, apple, lemon and lime flavours are supported by talcum-like undertones and finished with lively, citrusy acids. It just lacks the freshness and brightness for a higher rating.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
86
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Vibrant hue; understated power, with spiced apricot and a touch of grapefruit on the bouquet; thickly textured with a savoury mineral core to the fruit; a bit of phenolic grip on the finish, providing contrast to the rich varietal expression
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Striking primary fruit character of rich, ripe grapefruit and lime, cleverly worked solids and yeast lees complexity here, musk. Outstanding. The palate is layered in rich waves, while terrific acidity and sweetness build through the finish. Crisp clean and superbly crafted.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
95
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A hint of sulphur on the bouquet, with spicy aromas alongside a little apricot kernel fruit; quite generous, with good acidity to keep the palate lively.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Gentle apricot, peach and ginger fruit; good balance, and no alcohol heat whatsoever.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean; subdued varietal character but still a quite imposing wine with both intensity and length; may develop further.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89

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