2020 Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier
Matured for 10 months in French oak. Brilliant pale straw colour with a distinctive glimmer of green to the edges and a watery hue. Exotic ripe peach, apricot, honeysuckle and ginger scents captivate the olfactory senses with hints of grilled nut and spice also evident. Rich and opulently textured, luscious ripe apricot, peach and honeysuckle flavours engulf the mouth with some spicy grilled nut and ginger characters lingering on the back half. Fresh acidity counterpoints the wines viscosity and enlivens the long decadent finish.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
The Virgilius continues to be the benchmark for viognier in Australia, no doubt prompting a few nervous glances from the French in the process. Pale straw in the glass with notes of apricot, lemon, grapefruit and crisp nashi pear with hints of soft spice, almond paste, marzipan, white flowers and crushed quartz. In the mouth, it weaves its textural magic leaving a slinky wake across the palate, finishing dry and stony with ample acid drive and precision and a lovely 'sucking on a river pebble' sense of savoury composure and elegance. Drink by 2028.
Dave Brookes – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion