Varietal Voyage No.12 – 2008 Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier

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Varietal Voyage

Alas, we’ve come to the final white wine on our varietal voyage.  The third viognier on the list comes from Yalumba in South Australia’s Eden Valley. Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. Founded in 1849, Samuel Smith started with just 30 acres of land near Angaston. He named this small parcel “Yalumba” – the aboriginal word for “all the land around.”  One hundred thirty one years later Yalumba planted 3 acres of viognier in the Barossa Valley, the first commercial plantings of this variety in Australia.  Curiously, the Eden Valley region, shown on the label, is an eastern extension of the Barossa Valley. They now have access to over 70 acres of viognier from a range of regions, giving the winemakers the ability to select the best qualities of each area. The Eden Valley viognier is just one of the 5 viognier based wines that Yalumba produces.  The others are the Y Series, Virgilius (Yalumba’s outstanding benchmark viognier), and 2 sweet dessert-style viogner’s.

For this particular wine, our opinions were split.  Sue was not all that impressed with the selection, on the other hand, I found it to be quite enjoyable. It’s moments like these that illustrate how subjective the wine tasting process can be. Each person’s palate is differnet and the way we perceive aromas and flavors varies tremendously.  What is important is it to try new wines and to form your own opinions.  This is the only way to find out what you really like.  As long as you get to try new things and enjoy the experience, that is all that really matters.

With that said, this is my review.  As mentioned earlier, I found this wine to be quite good.  Emanating from its golden yellow color is a bouquet full of rich peach and apricot mixed with peppery spices.  Flavors range from succulent peach and melon at the start to luscious apricot and citrus laced with spice throughout the long finish.  In addition, there are complex, creamy notes of honey and toasted biscuits (from 10 months resting on lees) that tie it all together.

2008 Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier ($19)

Well that’s it for our twelve white wines.  Now we go over to the dark side to experience twelve red wines from around world.  Next up Cabernet Sauvignon!

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