Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2010
5 stars - "...The Shiraz Viognier is exceptional. It is full bodied, fairly rich with evident complexity, ripe fruit character (plum jam, cherry, blackberry, red licorice), light oakiness (cedar, toast), and overtones of cooked meat and bay leaf. Very long finish. (2013-2014)"
Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, June 2013
"Wine of the week: The epic decline in the Australian wine industry has been well documented; the wineries that have survived have done so because they have been that much better than the rest of the business.
Case in point is Yalumba, which managed to avoid the excesses on both the high and low ends over the past two decades and has emerged as an example of what a post-modern Aussie winery can be. Jane Ferrari, who tours the world for Yalumba, told me the effort wasn't always a lot of fun, but that the fifth-generation family business was the better for it.
One improvement is better distribution, so that we can buy the wines in more places in the U.S. The Shiraz ($10, purchased), a red blend with a bit of viognier to add interest, has been difficult to find in Dallas. That always annoyed me because Yalumba's Y Series has terrific cheap wine.
The Shiraz is an Australian wine that one can actually drink without taking a nap between glasses. It's still big and juicy (lots of black fruit and 14 1/2 percent alcohol), but both are well under control. Missing is the ashy aftertaste that so many of these wines have, and that makes them so difficult to like. It's a red meat wine, but you can enjoy it without food. Highly recommended, and a candidate for the 2013 Hall of Fame."
Jeff Siegel, The Wine Curmudgeon, (USA), 28 November 2012
89 points - "Good colour; a neatly sown package of spiced plum and cherry fruit, lifted by the viognier, and supported by soft tannins and appropriate oak."
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013, 17 July 2012
91 points - "Chief winemaker for Yalumba, Louisa Rose, was telling the assembled crowd at their recent Museum Tasting in Brisbane that they often get told their wines are too cheap. It sounds like a nice piece of marketing spin (something that one does not usually associate with Louisa) but this wine provides ample evidence that it might just be true. It is stunning value.
Full of black fruit notes, spices, florals, roast meat notes and more, evolving through to a delicious, long finish of licorice and black cherry flavours. A lovely richness. Good concentration.
Many wineries would be charging twice the price and more for a wine of this quality."
Ken Gargett, Spitbucket, 15 May 2012
89 points - "Velvety, focused and juicy this boasts spicy blackberry and cherry flavors , hinting at wet rocks as it all lingers easily on the open-textured finish. Best from 2013- 2018."
Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator (USA), 31 May 2012
"I know it’s a big call but I don’t believe there’s been a better quaffing red in the country over the past five or six years than the Yalumba “Y Series” Shiraz Viognier. At a time when it seems to be getting harder to find excellent wines under $15, this is a superstar. With the 2010 shiraz viognier, winemaker Any La Nauze brings out silky smooth texture and neatly balanced oak and tannins. It’s easy to drink, yet has concentration, power and depth of flavour. The 2010 shiraz is also warmly recommended." Click here to download presenter.
Peter Forrestal, Money Magazine, Wine Spotlight, March 2012
86 points - "Garnet-purple in color, the 2010 The Y Series Shiraz Viognier is a little reduced to begin, giving way to aromas of ripe plums, black cherries and blackberries mingled with black pepper and dried Provence herbs. Medium bodied with a good amount of peppered berry flavors in the mouth, it has some chewy tannins, crisp acidity and a medium to long finish. Drink it now through 2014."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, eRobertParker.com #199 (USA), February 2012
Great wine and Y it's so successful
Yalumba has led in merging the distinctive aromatics of viognier with shiraz
"The Yalumba Y Series has, for year, consistently delivered way beyond its price point which even at full tote odds of $14.95 is value but at the discounts around the place, is phenomenal value. Now when you add an outstanding South Australian vintage such as 2010 into the equation, you get a result that is significantly more than simply the sum of the parts.
In a recent tasting of a bunch of the new releases under this label, one wine stood out - the shiraz viognier 2010. Yalumba pioneered viognier as a white varietal in Australia and has been a leader in merging the distinctive aroatics of this variety with shiraz.
So it should come as no surprise when they produce a cracking wine such as this blend from this super vintage. If you are after a red that is supple and generous while maximising the influence of viognier without overstating it then this value-for-money red has to be on your shopping list..."
Wine of the Week
"Gorgeous little red wine here. It's a blend of the red variety shiraz and the aromatic white viognier. And it's been done perfectly with just the right dollop of viognier to bring the nose and palate to life. Soft and generous with supple flavours supported by ripe tannins. Delicious current-drinking red wine."
Ray Jordan, The West Australian, 9 February 2012
91 points - "There are very few wines with a street price under $10 for which I can hand-on-heart recommend any vintage in the past five years. YSV is a serious blend that captures the spicy allure of peppery shiraz in all of its juicy stewed rhubarb and satsuma plum glory. Viognier adds the faintest lift of violet petals, but the real surprise comes on the finish; a frame of finely structured, textural tannins, excellent depth of black fruits and lingering persistence."
Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste - Edition 49, January 2012
"From the Australian pioneer of the Rhône Valley's signature grape variety, this dry white displays floral, fresh aromas, a juicy, peachy quality with honeyed undertones and the full-bodied richness to wash down fragrant Thai curry."
Anthony Rose, www.independent.co.uk, 16 December 2011