Friday, April 30, 2021, was International Viognier Day so I opened a bottle of Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2019. According to International Viognier Day, “Viognier is a textural white wine that originated in the historic appellation of Condrieu in southern France. Defined by its perfumed aromas, Viognier produces some of the greatest white wines in the world.” But as you may not know, Viognier has done very well in Australia, with Yalumba being one of its major enthusiasts.
Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2019, Australia (BC $16.99) – has a medium intensity, distinctly lemon green colour in the glass. Medium intensity toast, peach, and lemon aromas. It has a medium-plus body, with a heavier mouthfeel. A medium acidic prickle on your tongue. Strong toastiness and pepperiness on the palate. Citrus, peach and tropical fruit flavours behind the toast. Also a nice butteriness or waxiness to this wine. It has a medium-plus length finishing quite peppery, with the citrus, peach, tropical fruit and toasty flavours. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks utilising the naturally occurring indigenous vineyard yeasts. No oak contact, so the toastiness may come from the yeasts or from the soil. Quite interesting.
After decanting this wine, the toasty aroma was gone and it had a fresh lemon plus lime nose. As well the wine became rounder with more lemon flavour and less toastiness, also now a hint of lime. There was some grape stem flavour with the decant, which was not too strong. The decanted version is my preference.
Where Can I Buy This Wine?
BC Liquor Stores widely carries wine: https://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/624502
Thank you to Pacific Wine & Spirits for providing me with this wine to review.