Yalumba Family Vignerons Viognier
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier The Yalumba Family Vignerons Viognier has very tropical fruit aromas of pineapple, bananas, and just a mild hint of churned butter.
On the palate the wine is very tropical and very floral. On the front of the palate, banana and pineapple, with lemon and butter on the mid-palate.
The finish has crisp minerality and leaves a lingering dusty component that tempers the big fruits. The finish is almost Graham Cracker-esque. The wine altogether has a very rich and nearly full bodied mouth feel making this perfect for those spring days or cool fall nights. Cheers!
Tansey’s Blind Rating – 90 Points
No Other Ratings Found
The Break Down
Wine Selection – Yalumba Viognier
Producer – Yalumba Family Vignerons 1849
Vintage – 2015
Varietal – Viognier
Style – Dry white wine
Farming – Sustainable practices
Region – South Eastern Australia
Alcohol – 13%
Vegan & Vegetarian Friendly
Food Pairing – Seafood, white sauce pasta, baked chicken and friends
What is Viognier?
Viognier is a classic French varietal that is well known for its powerful, floral and fruity aromas. Viognier is best known in the dry, full bodied white wines of Condrieu, located in the Rhone region of France, but it is very rapidly making its way across the globe and really delivering extraordinary bangs for your buck in Australia and the U.S. If you like Chardonnay, then you must try some Viognier. Eric Tansey, CSW
What is Sustainable Farming?
Sustainable farming is a practice that puts an emphasis on the environment as a whole. The goal in using this technique is to leave the earth in better shape than before the vines were planted on it. Sustainable farming simply means, farming practices that will allow the land to be farmed without causing damage to the eco-system and the community around it while minimizing the carbon footprint, so that the environment in its entirety will be preserved or even improved. Eric Tansey, CSW
From the Winery
Viognier first caught Yalumba’s eye in the early 1970s, when the chief viticulturist visited the Rhône Valley in France and the variety’s spiritual home in the appellations of Condrieu and Côte Rôtie. Thoroughly captivated by this elusive, luscious and complex white variety, this visit saw the beginnings of a journey that would define Yalumba’s white winemaking future.
In 1980 Yalumba planted 1.2 hectares of Viognier on the Vaughan vineyard, a property neighbouring the hallowed Yalumba grounds. This land, situated on the elevated slopes of the Eden Valley, represented the first significant commercial plantings of Viognier in Australia. More than twenty five years later, Yalumba is the true champion of this unique and seductive variety and celebrates the personality of Viognier with six individual wines in their collection.