Yalumba Distinguished Sites Hand Picked 2016

Showcasing the coolness of the Eden Valley high country, the Distinguished Site Hand Picked Shiraz and Viognier is a super smooth wine that heralds Shiraz first and foremost

About the Vineyard

The Yalumba Hand Picked Shiraz Viognier is sourced entirely from the Eden Valley region. In 2016, two Shiraz vineyards stood out for their style and elegance and are the components of the blend.

Wine Production

We utilise the skins only of the Viognier grapes by first separating most of the juice from the Viognier skins and then fermenting the remaining “sloppy” skins with select parcels of Shiraz grapes. This method of using skins on their own provides us with another dimension of aroma and texture which helps increase the flavor and complexity of this alluring wine. We introduce whole bunch fermentation, approximately 10% for this vintage, which adds an extra degree of complexity and intrigue to the wine. After fermentation all batches are drained, pressed and then racked to barrel for maturation. Matured for 14 Months in 23% new French oak hogsheads and barriques, balance in one year and older French oak hogsheads and barriques.

Tasting Notes

Impressively aromatic and perfumed showing cranberry, raspberry, spices and violets. Fresh red fruits and a mouth watering acidity showcase the brightness and coolness of Eden Valley. The palate, medium in depth retains the texture and sweet fruits that come with co-fermenting with Viognier.

Food Pairing

Pair with pork belly with red cabbage, endive and walnut or Sicilian penne with roast tomatoes & eggplant.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Multiple Vineyards
Soil composition
Eden Valley Vineyards
Elevation
750-1,500 feet
Average Vine Age
80 years
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
98 % Shiraz, 2% Viognier
Prefermentation Technique
1-3 days on skins pre fermentation before wild yeast start to ferment
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
15 months
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Fining agent
Vegan
Type of aging container
Barriques and Hogsheads
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
17 months
Certifying Organizations
ISO14001; Entwine Australia
Sustainability Certification
EPA Acredited Sustainability Licence
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14.5 %
pH level
3.5
Residual sugar
0.4 g/L
Acidity
6.5 g/L

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