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18 May 2009

Australia's oldest family owned winemaker brings home two spots in the Matthew Jukes 100 BEST Australia wines for 2009 - a 'hotlist' all Australian winemakers covet

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Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier 2007

"The finest Virgilius to date! Where once this wine would have happily taken on the heavier weight, warm vintage Condrieu's in a rumble, Virgilius now is lithesome and it could conceivably tackle even the most romantic and cerebal of Northern Rhône beauties. This progression from all-in-wrestler to consummate, multi-faceted, entertainer has been incredible to watch and extraordinarily swift in its occurrence. Seek out the 2008 Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier, too, for an immediate kick of early drinking, top quality Viagra!"

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2009 (UK), May 2009

Yalumba's Viognier Journey

Yalumba is now the most significant maker of Viognier in Australia and the evolution of their pre-eminent white wine "The Virgilius" is the pinnacle of over 25 years of work with this variety

After nearly two decades experimenting with and learning about Viognier, from the 1998 vintage Yalumba had sufficient confidence to release the first Virgilius. Since then they have continued to fine-tune their vineyards and winemaking, with an ongoing goal to produce wines with all the generosity and power that they currently show - combined with longevity.

The grapes for The Virgilius are sourced from the best available vines in Eden Valley, including the original vines planted in 1980 on the Vaughan’s vineyard. A key to the wine is the flavour accumulation in the fruit. In the Eden Valley this occurs late in the season, in April or early May. For such ripe fruit, high skin phenolic and potential alcohol are risks to the final wine balance. The winemaking aims to minimise and integrate these respectively, as well as to maximise the flavour and textural layering.

Yalumba The Virgilius is a Landmark Australian wine, and Winner of the International Viognier Trophy at the International Wine Challenge 2008

Discover more about Yalumba's journey with Viognier

Yalumba The Virgilius is made by Louisa Rose, Yalumba's chief winemaker and winner of the 2008 Winemaker of the Year. Read more about Louisa's work with Viognier and her challenges as one of Australia's leading women in wine

Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2006

"A trophy winner at The Great Australian Red and yet a wine that is sold at an everyday price - what more could you ask for? Brand new to the UK and presumably a descendant of Yalumba's Signature, The Scribbler should be obligatory drinking for every person who has yet to understand the global importance of the Cabernet / Shiraz blend. " Regional Hero

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2009 (UK), May 2009

Trophy for The Great Australian Red 2008, Best Wine under $20 Trophy for The Great Australian Red 2007, Best Wine under $20 Perpetual Trophy for Best Australian Dry Red, Blended Wine, Rutherglen Wine Show 2008

The Scribbler - a descendent of The Signature

Yalumba has remained steadfast in its commitment to the Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Some of Australia’s most legendary wines have been made in this style, and at the forefront has been Yalumba, who set the benchmark with ‘The Signature’ series of wine, made continuously since 1962. Yalumba ‘The Scribbler' Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz is a youthful embodiment of ‘The Signature’ which reflects our dedication to this blend and celebrates its heritage.

Yalumba launched The Scribbler with this Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz wine made from the 2006 vintage in Barossa, and just recently released the 2007 vintage. Click here to read about this wine.




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