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2005 Yalumba Barossa Shiraz-Viognier (750ml)
Producer: Yalumba Wine Company yalumba.com
Appellation: Barossa Valley - South Australia - Australia
Type: red
Varietal: Shiraz - Viognier
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Good/Very Good
Est. Price: US$16.99
Description: 95% Shiraz 5% Viognier
Tasting Notes:
rated: December 5, 2007 , from a member
"Shiraz viognier blends are all the rage and it's hard to say they don't deserve the fuss, as there are many good ones, and not all are expensive. This is a lovely spicy, herbal, slightly vegetal but ripe red with tinges of licorice and anise in the palate. Features of the wine are its soft, fine-grained tannins and smoothly drinkable texture. There's a lot of fruit sweetness and its balance means you'll want to drink it right away. A few years ageing would certainly do it no harm. Best now to five-plus years. 14.5% per cent alcohol. 93/100." Food: Vitello tonnato, roast veal chops, char siu pork, mild soft cheeses such as taleggio and Red Square. Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald - Good Living (Aus), 16 October 2007 "This is one of the best, entry level SVs in Australia - partly due to Yalumba's incredible understanding of the viognier grape, and partly to the brutal pursuit of excellence which is an integral part of the Yalumba team make-up. Fresh, vibrant, berry fruit and pepper spice is topped off beautifully with exceptionally discreet viognier in this wine." Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer, Taste Food & Wine 2008 (Aus), October 2007 "Yalumba's pioneeering work with the Rhone white grape viognier over many years - let alone its historic success with shiraz - has left it well placed to make and market this fashionable red blend. Compared with straight shiraz, the 5 per cent viognier addition results in a slightly sweeter bouquet and flavour and a more open, forward and friendly nature. A fine example of the blend." Paddy Kendler, Herald Sun - City Style (Aus), 11 September 2007 Close Window"