Saturday, October 24, 2009


 - Eden Valley, SA
 - $35-$48
 - Screwcap
 - 13.5%alc

With the possible exception of Clonakilla's Viognier, Yalumba's Virgilius may just be Australia's best example of a new white varietal. Almost surpassing the magnificent 2004 (95pts), the 2008 Virgilius is everything it should be.

Meaty, musky and perfumed, a layered, floral fragrance of apricot kernel, orange blossom, citrus and mineral entices the nose with underlying tones of lychee oil and spice. Its deeply flavoured, creamy palate is meticulously balanced and bright, announcing a harmonious interweaving of complex flavour, texture and acid. Generous length of fruit pushes this mineral viognier down the palate with restrained stonefruit/nutty undertones, finishing with a clean wash of regional, chalky acids and a fraction of alcoholic warmth. The 2008 Virgilius drinks even better with extended aeration, as it moves closer towards room temperature.

üA beautiful, sumptuous and richly textured Virgilius which completely lives up to its reputation. Drink to 2013.
95 points