Yalumba Hand Picked Shiraz Viognier 2009
88 points - "This is an attractive, medium-bodied wine. Tart berry fruit is framed by subtle oak shadings, and the tannins are supple, making it approachable now."
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide (USA), September 2013
"Lovely floral, mineral lift on the nose, the entry is mid-weight and elegant at first then develops with a flood of fresh, juicy fruit with perfect line and length. Delicious restrained textures from a noticeable, but not forward, white wine tannin finish."
Mark Hughes, Selector, Autumn edition 2013
93 points - "Has the bright colour expected of the blend; a mouthfilling wine, with waves of blackberry and cherry fruit supported by substantial tannins; has more weight than most of these blends, and is destined for the long haul."
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013, 17 July 2012
91 points - "(a 97/3 blend): Inky purple. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of candied dark berries, cherry-cola and licorice, with a peppery topnote. Plush and expansive, offering subtle texture and deep black and blue fruit flavors. Closes with impressive energy and clarity, leaving spicecake and boysenberry notes behind. This wine is delicious now, especially with an hour of so of aeration."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (USA), July 2012
92 points - "Rich, focused and impressive for its deft balance, offering ripe cherry, rose petal, licorice and white pepper flavors that linger against refined tannins. Not a huge wine, but offers heft and depth. Drink now through 2020."
Maryann Worobiec, Wine Spectator (USA), May 2012
89 points - "Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Hand Picked Shiraz + Viognier is intensely scented of warm cassis, blackberry compote and blueberries with subtle hints of vanilla, chocolate and lavender. Medium bodied with just enough vibrant fruit, it has refreshing, balanced acid, rounded tannins to lend texture, and finishes long and berry laced. Delicious now, it should keep to 2016."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW,
eRobertParker.com #199 (USA), February 2012