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Yalumba ‘The Y Series Viognier’ 2016

yalumba-Y-viognierThis is always a cleverly crafted dry, white wine and you get a whole lot of value in your glass. Yalumba have established themselves as the Australian champions of this grape and this is just one version amongst a storybook full of viognier expressions from the Hill-Smith family. This expertise is apparent at all levels from this wine to The Virgilius.

The ‘Y Series’ Viognier has all the classic hallmarks of the variety along with some wild ferment characters. Ripe apricot tart with some spiced pastry crust is served up with some grapefruit, ginger and white flowers aromas. It has a richly perfumed nose, attractive and evocative. Read More

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Louis Latour Duet Chardonnay Viognier 2014

imageWhile wines from the Ardeche are still relatively unknown, Latour have been active in this French region since 1979. The large region on the western banks of the Rhone sits between the St Joseph, Cornas and the white only St Peray as northern appellation neighbours and to the south, the Cotes du Rhone appellation vineyards that are found on the western bank of the River. More familiar with making fine wine in Burgundy, Latour sought to expand its expertise, particularly that for producing Chardonnay, to Ardeche. The Duet, produced since 2002, takes on that Burgundian grape and adds the overtures of the Rhone native, Viognier. Read More

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Two ‘Great Whites’ from Central Victoria

Who said that in the Game of Rhones that the only colour was blood red…..

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Wild Duck Creek Estate, Duck Muck, that Robert Parker score and a dog named Merv

WDCE Shiraz resLast week, I was privileged to get a visit from David ‘Duck’ Anderson. Right up front, I have a disclaimer. I am a long term member of the WDCE mailing list and buy wine from them each year at the advertised member price. Now, as a member of the Wild Duck Creek Estate mailing list I see Duck at least once a year when he delivers his mailing list wine orders. It does not matter that his red van has seen better days, he personally delivers these orders up and down the East coast, from Melbourne to Newcastle, making sure that he gets caught up on a year’s worth of news over a glass of wine.

This visit was different. Read More

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Three from Tahbilk

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Here are three current vintage wines from Tahbilk…..

Tahbilk Roussanne Marsanne Viognier 2013 ($28)

Tahbilk is one of the finest Australian producers of varietal Marsanne and this blend is just another fine expression of this grape.  This Rhone blend of Roussanne, Marsanne has the addition of a fragrant component of Viognier.

A wine that has been known to convert die-hard Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc drinkers. It must be something to do with the pretty floral, stone fruit and citrus notes that are wrapped in cream and spicy pastry on the nose – a very beguiling package. Dry, silky Read More

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