Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Review: *** $$ Yalumba Shiraz Viognier, Barossa, Australia, 2005

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Australia is the quintessential area for blending shiraz and viognier.  Today we are sampling a well-aged version of this blend from Australia's oldest family-owned winery, Yalumba.


Original tasting and review : This is Yalumba Shiraz Viognier, Barossa, Australia, 2005, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep magenta with clear maturing elements of brick at the edge.  Yet also some hints of violet!

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, lightly grilled fruit, not oxidized and over-the-top aged, but definitely mellowed.    From the aroma, seems like this will be soft, sweet and easy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact still robust with bright, big, bold blackberry fruit and some gritty tannins behind it all.  Bright finish, clearly heightened by the viognier acids.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Yalumba Shiraz Viognier.

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