Yalumba have a fine reputation for delivering wines of exceptional value and their Y Series Shiraz Viognier reinforces that even further. Being smooth, delicious and very cheap are only three of the many boxes that this wine ticks.
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"The Shiraz Viognier depicts the horse, a symbol of our past when they were the transport and tractor of Yalumba. Nowadays, we enjoy a day at the races watching magnificent thoroughbreds cross the finish line carrying our colours and money!
The grapes selected for this wine display perfumed and aromatic characteristics of Shiraz that complement the fragrance of Viognier. Everything is done to preserve this aroma: cool fermentation, the addition of Viognier (including as many whole berries as possible) and no oak ageing. These combine to produce a wine that is bright, aromatic and exotic.
Bright crimson in colour, with luscious and exotic aromas of Turkish delight, red cherries, boysenberry and hints of white pepper and violets. A full bodied palate that is framed by flavours of sweet Turkish delight, cherries and boysenberry. Pleasing velvety tannins provide a perfect complement to the cherry ripe finish which shows the synergy between the Shiraz and Viognier."
Reviews for the 2018 vintage below…
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"This is wonderfully fruited and instantly appealing on the nose showing blackberry, blueberry compote, vanilla, thyme and floral aromas, followed by a delightfully smooth palate that displays excellent weight and intensity together with fleshy mouthfeel and silky tannins. At its best: now to 2024."
96/100 NWWA (2018 Vintage)
"The practice of adding the white grape, Viognier, to Shiraz started in the Northern Rhone region of France, where it was found to add a floral note to the wine and make the mouthfeel more rounded and soft. This wine shows how well the idea worked and why it was adopted in Australia. Viognier has been added to the Shiraz flavour, creating a dark rich black and blueberry intensity with underlying floral and oak characters. This is our Champion Shiraz and it’s easy to see why."