Yalumba 2015 Viognier
Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia
ON $24.95 (954644)
In my mind, the stunning Eden Valley Viognier sets the pace for the variety in Yalumba's portfolio. It rivals the top-of-the-line Virgilius when it comes to delivering the grape's true character without the accompanying richness and ripeness, which threatens to make Viognier too much of a good thing. The magic of this fragrant and pure white is how it delivers all of the expected ginger and floral notes while remaining so incredibly fresh and focused. The lithe 12.5 percent alcohol is worth noting as Viognier's exberant personality only comes with ripeness, making 14 percent or higher examples the norm. As a result, this beautiful expression is drinking wonderfully now and promises to develop nicely over the next three years as flavours become richer with more honey notes. Currently available by the case through consignment. Released August 5 via Vintages.