Wine Review – 2007 Yalumba Viognier, Eden Valley, Australia

Winery: YalumbaYalumbaViogFront

Bottling: 2007 Viognier, Barossa Eden Series

Region: Australia

Sub-Region: Eden Valley

Estimated Retail Price: $19

Purchase Details: Friend who shared it with us purchased it from Costco for approximately $12.

Tasting Notes: In the glass, a light yellow straw color.  On the nose, aromas of white flowers, pear and jasmine.  In the mouth, flavors of apricot, pear, white peach, flint and wet stone.  A nice rich and creamy mouth-feel, accented by a lasting stony finish.  Even though viognier is typically a low acid wine, the combination of rich fruit and a slightly hard, wet stone edge keeps it from being flabby and one-dimensional.

Stone fruits are a quality I’m really beginning to dig in white wines.  Since moving back to California, I’ve had better access to the bounty of fruits available to us like peaches of all varieties, apricots and nectarines.  Tasting these flavors in wines are an added bonus.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Mahi mahi or any other white fleshed, moderately meaty fish with southeast asian inspired spices like lemongrass, galangal, kaffir, ginger, coriander….you get the picture

Winery & Other Background Information: Yalumba winery is the oldest family owned winery in Australia with its origins dating all the way back to 1849.   They have what looks to be an extremely large portfolio of wines that are compartmentalized into several categories, although most of what I see on retail shelves in the U.S. are the Y Series wines (retail for around US$10) and the Barossa Eden line (approximately US$15-$20).

This viognier was rated a 91 points out of 100 by Wine Spectator and was a top 100 wine for 2008 at #55.  A great value wine and something to have around for your chardonnay drinking friends.

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