2017 Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier
    13.5% Eden Valley (South Australia)
    RRP $28

    Viogner (Vee-on-yay) is a white grape variety grown in France’s Northern Rhone (in the notable Condrieu appellation). Curiously, a few percent added to Shiraz adds to the red wine’s colour, perfume and texture – seen to advantage in some wines from Cote Rotie. In Australia, Yalumba has championed – and mastered Viognier. Getting the picking time just right is crucial to maintain freshness– then it’s a matter of whether to add oak (and how much). There is some label revision in progress so this wine may be labelled as “Yalumba samuel’s viognier.

    This smart example is a very pale lemon colour; vibrant aromatic white peach stone fruit is backed up with a twang of cashewy oak and ginger spices. The result is a white wine that is generous and mouthfilling. Viognier can lose vitality with age; there is no advantage in cellaring.

    Conclusion; it matches well with any white fish or poultry dish -but avoid tomato-based sauces.  Explore this variety with confidence. (Yalumba’s cheaper “Y” series viognier under $15 is a serious bargain too).


    Vinteloper ‘Urban Winery Project’ #5 Pinot Gris Blend,
    BV 12.2%,
    RRP $30

    Last year, I focused on presenting you wines with a cellar door within a short drive from Melbourne. This year, my focus will be to steer you in the direction of wineries affected, in one way or another, by the devastating bushfires. Please support Vinteloper and drink their amazing range of wines. I’ve spotted some bottles at Mr. West and Seddon Wine Store, so head on down and stock up. This pinot gris is blended with Gewurtztraminer and a splash of riesling and has seen some skin contact and barrel fermentation/maturation. It’s unctuous, earthen, rustic, savoury and pretty all at once. Vinteloper have a minimal intervention approach which allows the fruit and soil from which it was picked, to do the talking. And it definitely caught my attention. The label was designed, with love, by a Berlin based artist. Every part of this wine is made with love and care. Let’s give back to Vinteloper so that they can continue their labour of love.

    Conclusion: Pair with: Pan seared scallops with shaved fennel.

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