Saturday, November 14, 2009


 - South Australia
 - $6-$14
 - Screwcap
 - 14.5%alc

Yalumba is Australia's leading practitioner of viognier. I've often found their entry level Y-Series Viognier a little too tart and flabby for my tastes, but the 2008 obviously impressed the tasting panel of the Adelaide Review Hot 100 (chaired by a certain A. Jefford), who included it in the top half of their 100 selections.

Opening to an attractively varietal nose devoid of overt pungency, its peach fuzz and apricot pastry aromas also reveal notes of tangerine and spirit. Its smooth and creamy palate enters with fullness and surprising sophistication, announcing apricot, orange citrus and mineral flavours with just a trace of phenolic acids evident at the finish.

ü For a $7 white this is incredibly luscious in both flavour and texture, but I think it should be drunk young to retain necessary freshness. Oh yeah, the new label works well for me too. Value plus. Drink to 2010.
88 points

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