Yalumba Samuel's Collection Eden Valley Viognier 2017

Yalumba Samuel's Collection Eden Valley Viognier 2017

 

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Samuel's Collection Eden Valley Viognier 2017
  • Vintage : 2017
  • Country : Australia
  • Region : Eden Valley
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Medium Bodied Aromatic Dry
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Viognier

Experts Score Vintage
DCT Decanter 95 2017
RP Robert Parker 91 2017
W&S Wines & Spirits 91 2017
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About the Vineyard

The growing season began with a wet winter and spring, providing plenty of water throughout the root zone for the vines to access. Spring and early summer temperatures were mild and below average, resulting in a long, even ripening period. Warm, dry days with cool nights during late summer and autumn were ideal for grape growing, producing Viognier grapes with pristine fruit flavours.

Wine Production

After harvest, 60% of the fruit was gently pressed directly into old French oak barriques and puncheons and the remainder into stainless steel tanks. The juice was allowed to passively interact with the air, oxidising out any bitter phenolics and creating a perfect environment for the wild yeasts, natural to the vineyard, to begin fermentation. The wine was left on lees which, with regular bâtonnage for 10 months, increased the complexity and creaminess of the wine and further heightened the palate weight.

Tasting Notes

Pure aromas reminiscent of fresh apricots, lifted ginger, saffron and fresh white flowers. The palate is long, rich and luscious, with intense and expressive stone fruit flavours finishing with an alluring freshness. This wine will continue to grow and develop in the bottle, firstly showing enhanced apricots and spice, then honey flavours and toast complexity.

Food Pairing

Enjoy with a Moroccan tagine and spiced cous cous, or baba ganoush with sautéed saltbush.

Decanter (DCT) : 95 Points (2017)
Delicate apricot and acacia aromas, creamy texture with peach, quince and delicate ginger spice towards the end. Notes of melon and juniper carry through on the long finish, with a pleasant mineral salinity.

Robert Parker (RP) : 91 Points (2017)
A blend of six vineyards, the 2017 Samuel's Collection Viognier boasts extravagant floral and apricot aromas that leap from the glass. It's a blend of barrel-fermented (in old hogsheads) and steel-fermented components that have a slightly creamy texture and layers of opulent fruit. It's a rich wine, but with sufficient balancing acidity to keep it refreshing and clean on the long finish. It should provide immense pleasure over the next few years.

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 91 Points (2017)
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