An afternoon meeting with friends calls for a relaxing wine. We chose the Yalumba Viognier 2016 from the Eden Valley.
Viognier is known to most wine drinkers from the northern Rhone, producing top wines in Condrieu. It is very drought-resistant but sensitive to mildew, which is not always easy for winemakers to manage. Also not easy to handle is its tendency towards low acidity and high alcohol – which quickly makes Viognier appear fat and dull.
The Viognier wines from Yalumba show that Australia offers an excellent terroir for this grape variety. The grapes for this wine grow in six vineyards in the cooler Eden Valley. Chief Winemaker Louisa Rose and her team have brought an exciting combination of freshness and floral fruit to the bottle.
I like their Viognier wines with a bit of ripeness when they let their primary fruit take a back seat to an elegant toastiness. The 2016 vintage is perfect for drinking right now—Golden in colour. The acid structure is characteristically rounded yet fresh and direct, skilfully framing the creamy body. Apricot on the nose with some acacia and toast with orange marmalade. Medium length with a savoury finish. Cheers and happy weekend to everyone!!!