Exotic, luscious, seductive, full-flavoured, musk, spice, apricots, peaches, citrus blossoms, lychees...... - these are some of the mysterious, alluring and enticing descriptors that the rare Viognier wines attract.
"It has the aroma of Marie Antoinette's boudoir - and the texture of chicken soup in a glass", described Baillieu Myer AC, from Elgee Park Wines, Victoria, at Australia’s first Viognier Symposium, held at Yalumba In August 2002.
"Viognier is incredibly challenging and demands handling with kid gloves", says Yalumba Winemaker, Louisa Rose. "It's unpredictable, difficult to grow and the yields are low. The variety always has the ability to surprise you - one day the grapes on the vine are dull and flavourless yet the very next day there'll be the explosion of musky apricot characters that make it so appealing."
In 1979, Yalumba planed 1.2 hectares of Viognier in the Barossa - Australia's first commercial plantings. Whilst a challenging variety to grow and produce, Yalumba is proud of their development of Viognier, and wish to share with you exclusive tastings of these premium wines (listed below) during the month of August.
Please click on the wines below, to find out more information.
Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2002
Yalumba Barossa Shiraz 2001 (blended with 5% Viognier)
Yalumba Hand Picked Shiraz + Viognier 2000
Yalumba The Virgilius 2001