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Yalumba The Virgilius Eden Valley Viognier 2004

 

"The Virgilius Viognier 2004, which is a monumental wine: less haunting than a condrieu, but broader and prounder. It is barrel -fermented, and some thinks it tasts too oaky if drunk alone. I think it is complex and exciting, and melts when put with food: my mouth waters at the thought of drinking it with lobster, though in these times a rich, creamy pie full of smoked and pink fish is probably more appropriate."

Victoria Moore, Guardian Magazine (UK), 15 November 2008

 

"Waitrose and Majestic, selected branches; 14.5% abv), which is a monumental wine: less haunting than a condrieu, but broader and prouder. It is barrel-fermented, and some think it tastes too oaky if drunk alone. I think it is complex and exciting, and melts when put with food: my mouth waters at the thought of drinking it with lobster, though in these times a rich, reamy pie full of smoked and pink fish is probably more appropriate."

Victoria Moore, Guardian Magazine (UK), 15 November 2008

 

"...Yalumba’s Virgilius improves every yearand is one of the few Aussies with any pretensions to an ability to age". Click here to read the full article

Ken Gargett, The Courier Mail - May 8th 2007

 

94 Points - "The Virgilius has rarely lacked power but this release adds restraint and delicacy - this is a world class viognier. Subtle pear and spice build into a deliciously potent mouthful of stencilled flavour, the finish blossomy and wild and exciting. I drank it while it was still well chilled, and it was quite something." Drink: 2006-2008.

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front Annual (Aus), 2006-2007

 

93 points - The Wine Enthusiast placed The Virgilius 2004 at #95 on the list of Top 100 Wines of 2006, noting it 'a classy, consistent wine of the first order.'

Wine Enthusiast (USA), Top 100 Wines of 2006

 

Over £10 White Single Variety Trophy - "White pepper classic. Peach and apricot. Light and peachy complex. Dry extract."

The Observer Food Monthly (UK), September 2006

 

88 Points - "Fat and firm, with the pepperiness of fresh pressed olive oil, this viognier is filled with ripe melon flavors and the warmth of alcohol. A touch of tannin adds to the spiciness and keeps it dry." Click here for more.

Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits (USA), August 2006

 

90 Points - Green-gold. Tangy, incisive and fresh on the nose, with strong mineral, white peach and orange pith tones. Quite taut but also deep in the mouth, the fruit notes intertwined with serious stony qualities. This surprisingly youthful viognier should deepen and open up a bit with a year or so of bottle aging. Finishes juicy and long, with an emerging note of anise."

Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (USA), July/August 2006

 

"Full bodied and luscious best describe the Virgilius, Yalumba's flagship viognier. It's also a voluptuous wine full of exotic aromas - stone fruits galore, including the tell-tale apricot, with some honey and spice notes, too. Wonderful, rich mouth feel with a long, long finish and enough crisp acidity to leave the palate fresh."

Jane Faulkner, A2, The Age, April 22, 2006

 

92 Points - "Reeking of pithy Ditters dried fruits, and tinny fruit syrup, this lovely wine has the persistent dry tannins typical of grand viognier. While the grape surely offers bigger points of difference than that - many wouldn't pick this from a feral oaked chardonnay, or wild, leesy sauvignon blanc - it's still a viscous, full-bodied dry white of high order waiting for a green chicken curry."

Philip White, The Advertiser, March 29, 2006

 

"Compôte of stone fruits and hints of toasty oak lift the nose of this one. Soft and rich in the mouth, flavours of apricot conserve are dominant while the finish is firm enough to suggest entrée style accompaniments."

e-vine, February 28, 2006

 

Outstanding – "If anyone was harbouring doubts that Yalumba's position as Australia's No.1 viognier maker was secure, just taste this wine and you'll be set right. The nose shows intense but not overpowering apricot and ginger aromas tempered by slightly nutty barrel ferment notes. The palate is long and fresh, with an impressive creamy texture. World Class."

Tasting Panel, Winewise (AUS), February 2006

 

"The flagship of Yalumba's viogniers, this is a stunningly complex Eden Valley wine whose oak and other inputs are perfectly harmonised. Apricot, stonefruit, honey and spices; a masterpiece. Probably best within five days."

Huon Hooke, The Sydney Morning Herald (AUS), January 31, 2006

 

94 Points - "The Virgilius has rarely lacked power but this release adds restraint and delicacy - this is a world class viognier. Subtle pear and spice scents build into a deliciously potent mouthful of stencilled flavour, the finish blossomy and wild and exciting; I drank it while it was still well chilled, and it was quite something."

Campbell Mattinson, www.winefrontmonthly.com.au, December 2005

 

"Yalumba and winemaker Louisa Rose are our undisputed leaders in viognier and the '04 is a humdinger, loaded with honey and spice, apricot and a mere seasoning of oak adding to its complexity."

Huon Hooke, The Sydney Morning Herald (AUS), January 17, 2006

 

96 Points - "This is the top tier in the Yalumba viognier stable, reflecting the greater experience Yalumba has than the increasingly numerous players with this fashionable variety. Spotlessly clean peach and apricot aromas flow into an ultra-complex and supple palate with no adverse impact whatsoever from the alcohol. A brilliant exercise in controlled power."

James Halliday, Halliday's Top 101 – The Weekend Australian, November 19-20, 2005

 

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