"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