The Virgilius is Yalumba’s most distinguished Viognier - a wine that shows power with restraint. As Yalumba’s most premium and enchanting white wine, it is loved by wine lovers looking for something beyond the more conventional offering.
About the Vineyard
After 35 years we believe that the Eden Valley has proved its place as one of the great homes of Viognier.
A lovely, wet winter set the vines up a healthy start to the season. Spring was drier than average and the vines responded quickly, growing and flowering well and setting a good number of bunches. Summer saw warm, dry days with the important cool Eden Valley nights. These conditions ripen the grapes while maintaining freshness and natural acidity. The balmy Indian Summer of early March helped finish ripening these perfectly balanced and flavored grapes.
Handpicked grapes were whole-bunch pressed directly to
mature French oak barriques, where they were fermented by
‘wild’ or indigenous yeasts occurring naturally in the vineyard. These wild yeasts play a small and subtly different part in the development of the wine, creating layers of richness, complexity, fine textures and flavours. After fermentation the wine was aged on lees with regular batonnage for ten months to further heighten the palate weight and increase the complexity andflavour generosity.
Pale gold with green highlights. Intense aromas of apricots, cardamom, white pepper and fresh ginger. Lifted ginger spice is layered on the palate with mineral, sourdough-like texture, apricots and almond savoriness. It is complex while at the same time shows purity and restraint, that will unwind slowly in the glass and take the imbiber on a sensory journey.
At its best with food, The Virgilius complements a wide range of flavors, particularly dishes with spice and richness. Try with beef rendang, pan fried herb mushrooms, or fresh gnocchi with olive oil and shaved truffles.