Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2007
"Another value selection from the 2010 InterVin International Wine Awards, this bold and flavourful Shiraz showcases an appealingly spicy and meaty profile. A dry red wine, this has a nice core of plummy fruit flavour on the palate."
Christopher Waters, Ottawa Sun (Canada), 13 October 2010
"Gently aromatic with soft-hearted shiraz still in the spotlight, here's another role Yalumba's viognier project fits smartly, adding a spicy orange and apricot edge to the core red fruits of this contemporary style."
Tony Love, The Advertiser (Aus), 10 June 2009
"The Y Series wines from Yalumba are remarkable value across the range year in, year out, it seems. It's a toss-up between this and the straight shiraz as to which is the better wine.
Walsh reckoned that this tastes partly of crystallised violets (and then admitted that he had some in his cupboard once). It also tastes of juicy blueberries, pepper and various spice-cupboard flavours, its light-tannin framework keeping it nicely in check. There's the odd meaty flavour and a feeling of softness - it's highly slurpable, that's for sure. We're fans."
Value 5 stars l Score 89 l Drink 2009-2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh, The BIG Red Wine Book 2009/10 (Aus), 1 June 2009
Excerpt from Tim White's article in Australian Financial Review 'Life + Leisure', 8 - 10 May 2009
Mid-sized, family -owned wineries can teach the leviathans a thing or two.
"It doesn't necessarily mean the over-delivering wine is "cheap" - whatever that means - but it does connote a wine of high quality for the ask... Interestingly, in my recent experience, it's not the whopping great multinational wine-making machines like Foster's and Constellation that "over-deliver", but larger family-owned wine-making companies. Like Yalumba (with its Y Series in particular, buy also much above it.)
WHAT TO DRINK
Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2007 [South Australia]
"This has gentle spice, squeezed raspberry fruits and a touch of more exotic rose. Juicy medium weight, spicy forest berry flavours, a touch of leafiness, and some meaty, proscuitto stuff adding complexity. Excellent mid-palate fruit. 89/100"
"At 13.5% alchol, this is a truly elegant, finely structured quaffing style which would be very flexiable with all manner of cuisines. Pepper, savoury herbs and gamey complexity overlay liquorice, black cherry and plum fruit. Sensational value at full price, it seem to be perpetually discounted down to single digit prices."
Panel of Judges, WBM100 Magazine (Aus), February 2009
"This is just the sort of red wine everybody needs at this time of year. It isn't too heavy, nor is it aggressive. Plum, red berry and floral aromas provide an aromatic introduction, and the palate has silky texture, ripe flavour and very soft tannins."
Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age - Epicure (Aus), Spring 2008
"The small percentage of the white viognier variety gifted to shiraz is well-crafted here with an exotic charcoal and spice character added in the nose as well as plenty of extra interest in the mouth, texturally. A stone-fruit and cut orchard branch edge."
Tony Love and Panel of Judges, The Advertiser - Top 100 Wines (Aus), November 2008
5 stars - "It's an interesting and worthwhile exercise to sample this blend alongside the straight shiraz under the same label to see how even a small amount of the white viognier makes a difference. Both wines show typical black berry shiraz character but the blend also features a slightly sweet aroma and flavour reminiscent of apricot or mandarin. Yalumba has more experience than all other Australian wineries in working with viognier as a straight varietal style or in red blends. This shows yet again."
Paddy Kendler, Herald Sun (Aus), 7 October 2008
"Made to be drunk young and with very few angles to grip onto, this cracking little wine is as slippery as an eel with its blueberry pie notes and jittery acidity. Y Series is a great little family of wines and, once again, our favourite turned our to be this fashionable blend - not surprising when you consider how much these gals and guys know about the two grapes concerned."
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer, Taste: Food & Wine (Aus), October 2008
BLOODY GOOD - "This is a terrific quaffing red - soft, round and very easy to drink : rich, dark cherry and plum flavours, and gentle, supple tannins."
Peter Forrestal, Quaff 2009 (Aus), October 2008
"Made to be drunk young and with very little to grip onto, this cracking little wine is as slippery as an eel with its blueberry pie notes and jittery acidity. Y Series is a good family of wines and once again our favourite turned out to be this fashionable blend - not surprising when you consider how much these guys and gals know about the two grapes concerned."
© Matthew Jukes and Quentin Johnson 2008
Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2008 (Aus), June 2008
The Rhone Valley, in France, is home to a multitude of interesting grapes, and many have travelled well around the world and settled in Australia.
Syrah is the only permitted grape in the Northern Rhone Valley and changes its name to Shiraz in Australia. Typically, you are looking at bramble scents coupled with black pepper and spice.
It's happy to be married with oak and in Oz comes in a vast range of styles, from the inexpensive and quaffable to the seriously grown-up and structured.
Over the last few years, some Aussie wine-makers have adopted the Northern Rhone model and are blending in a small percentage of the exotic white Viognier grape - think of it as adding a feminine, perfumed dimension to the wine. If you see the initials SMV, that's a trendy Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier blend.
In the Southern Rhone, Grenache takes the lead in many blends with its redcurrant, raspberry and white pepper notes. In Australia, it makes rosť and red styles and is often found in another trendy blend - the GSM (Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre).
As I've mentioned it twice, perhaps I should give a little more background on Mourvedre (or Mataro, depending on where you are). Tannin and alcohol are often noticeable. You should find dark berry fruits with herbaceous notes, and it can age. From a white point of view, Viognier is also seen solo and is one to go for if apricot, blossom and mineral characters appeal. There are also some pockets of Marsanne, which gives citrus and peach in youth, developing floral and honey-nut characters with age.
Two to try are Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2007 (£6.99 Majestic wines) and Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne 2005 (£9.75, Wine Raks, Aberdeen, and selected independents)."
Carol Brown, Aberdeen Press & Journal (UK), 29 February 2008