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31 October 2006

Toni Paterson MW: What to Drink 2007

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Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2005

"This is an excellent wine from the family-owned company Yalumba. Under their Y Series label, they produce quality wines that are both highly drinkable and good value for money. In fact, it would be hard to find a Riesling with this much character at this price anywhere, so if you are looking for an everyday drinking wine, I urge you to try Y Series Riesling. The nose is highly perfumed and has excellent lime blossom aromas. The palate is soft and lemony with a crisp finish. It will suit a wide range of foods and is just as suitable for weeknight dining as it is for entertaining."


Yalumba Y Series Limited Edition Pinot Grigio 2005

"This is without doubt the best value Pinot Gris on the market, selling for just $12. It is part of the Yalumba Y Series, a range of expressive and individual wines that over-deliver on quality. This wine has the classic pear-drop aroma so often seen in Australian Pinot Gris. The palate has green melon and honeysuckle flavours and the finish has a pleasant mineral edge. If you are looking for a fashionable drop without spending too much cash, you can’t beat this wine."


Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2004

"Y Series Shiraz Viognier illustrates the contemporary approach Yalumba takes to winemaking. The intense aromatics of this wine, due largely to the inclusion of a small amount of Viognier, add a whole new dimension to the base variety Shiraz. Although Shiraz Viognier blends are not a new thing on the global stage, they are still relatively new in Australia and many wineries are grappling with them. Yalumba have created a style all of their own with this wine and I feel that it will quickly become a widespread favourite. It has dark black fruit, violets and fresh red cherries – with a handful of spice thrown in at the end."


Yalumba Barossa Shiraz 2004

"Yalumba is based in the Barossa Valley and is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. They produce a vast number of wines, many of which are excellent value for money. The 2004 Shiraz is a true example of this, and extremely regionally expressive. Ripe plums and fruitcake characters are balanced by firm drying tannins. It would make an excellent food wine now, though if you have the patience you could even cellar it for a few years."


Yalumba Hand Picked Late Harvest Viognier 2005

"I am constantly amazed at the great things that Yalumba are doing with Viognier and this luxurious dessert wine impresses me once again. This is Viognier, late-harvest style, which means that the grapes are left on the vine for an extended period to become very ripe and highly concentrated. The result is a wine laden with ripe apricots, peaches and fresh cream. Hints of exotic spices add complexity. Serve with honey-glazed nectarines, baked until they just begin to caramelise. A washed-rind cheese would also make a great accompaniment."


Toni Paterson MW, What to Drink 2007: Random House Australia


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