James Halliday has released his TOP100 Australian Wines for 2009, with Yalumba The Virgilius his highest rated Viognier at 96 points!
96 points - “The Virgilius outguns every other viognier in Australia. The handpicked grapes are whole-bunch pressed direct to barrel (pre-used) and lees-stirred for 11 months. The most remarkable feature is its depth of white peach and apricot flavour, achieved without the phenolics which can so easily destroy the finish of this variety.” Drink: to 2011 with free-range chicken.
James Halliday's Top 100 Wines, The Weekend Australian, 14-15 November 2009