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8 April 2008

Yalumba Shiraz Viognier 2006

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"Ah, Yalumba. They say that cream floats to the top. These guys do so many things so well. Among their many extraordinary attributes and achievments that have had a significant impact on the entire Australian wine industry, they have been the brand champions of this variety both in Australia and for the world. In the middle eighties there were les than ten hectares remaining of this uniquely flavoured and textured variety and now, after its international resurgence, Yalumba are clearly the planet's largest producers.

Yalumba's Shiraz and Viognier blends, which continue this age old French Rhone Valley combination, have consistently been startling, seamless and delicious. Yalumba's shiraz has been amongst the Barossa Valley's finest for decades and, since about 2000, the Angaston based, picturesque winery has refined the robust shiraz flavours by adding tiny quantities of the softening, texturing and aroma adding Viognier fruit - which was even rarer in those days.

The winery press release says that they are proud of this wine's quality "because practice makes perfect"...but lots of producers have had practice with this blend but are not getting the same results as these guys.

Yalumba also say that this blend is "all about power and elegance" and they've really got that bit right!

Now, what about the wine? Wow, and please remember that these wines are only tasted in masked lineups and the tasters do not know which wines are included.. Our notes included the terms of "soft, elegant, classy, juicy and fine. Concentrated. A youthful, crafted style with fruit of real length and density. Appealing oak handling. Satisfying - with sweet (the Viognier viscosity) and delicious berry flavours.

Since the release of the marvelous 2002 Hand Picked Shiraz Viognier, Yalumba have not missed a beat with this blend. Their 2005 and 2006 $10 Y Series Shiraz Viogniers were each selected as "Red Wine Of The Year" in Peter Forrestal's book "Quaff, The Best Wines In Australia Under $15" and now we have this one, the upmarket release from the great 2005 Barossa Shiraz vintage.

Absolutely superb. 18 points."

John Jens, Western Suburbs Weekly (Aus), April 2008

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