Thursday, 7 July 2016

Yalumba Samuel's Garden Viognier 2015

You don't have to spend up big to drink well, and that's precisely the thought I have as I wade through the latest 6 samples received from Yalumba. The most expensive of them being $24 with the ones already tasted certainly punching above their weight. Many other wineries would inflate the price - not here. There's a humility about the way Yalumba have gone about it really.

This Viognier is classy. Since 1980 Yalumba have pioneered the variety in Australia. 60% of this 2015 was pressed to old French oak and the rest to stainless steel for ten months. Declassified fruit from the Virgilius finds its way in here too - win win.

Aromas of field flowers, dried apricot, honeysuckle, ginger, canned peach nectar. Luscious to taste, the fruit is soft and shows plenty of breadth. It's nicely balanced too. There's texture. There's length. Ginger spice has a gentle caress. Yes please!

Drink now to five years.

93/100 - Very good.

Region: Eden Valley
RRP: $24
Source: Sample

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