The Virgilius Viognier
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.
Terroir & Site
After more than 35 years we believe that the Eden Valley has
proved its place as one of the great homes of Viognier. The
‘new’ clones, imported by the Yalumba nursery, are starting to
mature and bear fruit that we can compare to each other and
our established vineyards. While not enough volume or vine age
for The Virgilius yet, the diversity of this material will help us to
look at further planting material.
Winemaking & Viticulture
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 and
Pale gold with green highlights. 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 apricot 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.
At its best with food, The Virgilius complements a wide range
of flavours, particularly dishes with spice and rich flavours.
Try with beef rendang, pan fried herb mushrooms, or fresh
gnocchi with olive oil and shaved truffles.
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