Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier 2016

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. 

Wine Production

Handpicked grapes were whole-bunch pressed directly to mature French oak barriques for 10 months, 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 and flavour generosity

Tasting Notes

The nose has intense aromas of early season just picked apricots, cardamom, white pepper and fresh ginger. Lifted ginger spice is layered on the palate with mineral sourdough like texture and complex apricots and almond savouriness. The trademark Viognier lusciousness of the palate is clearly evident in this wine. It is complex while at the same time showing 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 poached pike perch; grilled sirloin and fries; beef rendang; pan fried herb stuffed mushrooms; or fresh gnocchi with olive oil and shaved truffles.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Multiple Vineyards
Soil composition
Eden Valley 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
10 months
Malolactic fermentation
Partial
Fining agent
Vegan
Type of aging container
Barriques and Puncheons
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
12 months
Certifying Organizations
ISO14001; Entwine Australia
Sustainability Certification
EPA Acredited Sustainability Licence
Analytical Data
Alcohol
12.5 %
pH level
3.4
Residual sugar
0.4 g/L
Acidity
5.4 g/L

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