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2 August 2008

"Viognier and Yalumba go hand in hand" writes Jane Faulkner

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click here for more information on this wine"(In Australia) Yalumba and Viognier go hand in hand as that winery has single-handedly done more to promote the variety than any other company. It has invested much time and money into how the vine grows, experimenting with different winemaking techniques and clonal material, which signifies the next part of the journey. In 2005, Yalumba planted eight clones at the Virgilius vineyard, and while it is early days yet as to each clones potential, it's an exciting stage to gauge.

(The Virgilius is) . . . Yalumba's top viognier (it makes several), and if a white wine could ever be meaty, this is it. It's big but not a thumper and showing loads of restraint, helped no doubt by minimal new oak. Hints of ginger, floral notes and apricot, totally textural with a rich and slick palate, attractive leesy notes and very nutty with walnuts and hazelnuts, touch of toffee too. Definitely to be savoured with food."

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