Yalumba Rare & Fine The Virgilius 2018

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.

Wine Production

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Food Pairing

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.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Eden Valley
Vineyard name
Multiple Vineyards
Elevation
750-1,500 feet
Average Vine Age
35 years
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Viognier
Prefermentation Technique
1-4 days on solids before wild yeast start to ferment
Fermentation container
mature old French oak puncheons and barriques
Age of Aging Container
Mature
Malolactic fermentation
Partial
Fining agent
Vegan
Type of aging container
Barriques and Puncheons and Demi muids
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
10 months
Certifying Organizations
ISO14001; Entwine Australia
Sustainability Certification
EPA Acredited Sustainability Licence
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13 %
pH level
3.42
Acidity
4.96 g/L

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