Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2004

from
Barossa Valley
,
Australia

Winemaker's Notes

This long ripening season has led to intense aromas and flavours in Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2004. It's a pale gold in colour with green highlights. The nose displays rose petal aromas with apricot nectar, lifted honeysuckle and white flower perfume. A long, rich and luscious palate, with intense stone fruit flavours, particularly white peach and apricot, finishes with an aromatic citrus freshness.

About the Region

Just northeast of Adelaide, this is one of Australia's original wine-producing regions, and probably its most famous. Settled by German immigrants in the 19th century, the region originally specialized in riesling, but its hot, dry climate ultimately proved more hospitable to shiraz. Rich, dark, extracted, jammy Barossa shiraz was the first Australian wine many wine lovers in other countries took seriously, and the wine that went a long way toward focusing the interest of connoisseurs on the country's bottlings. In recent years, increased amounts of grenache and mourvèdre have been planted, often going into GSM wines (grenache/shiraz/mourvèdre blends). There is also cabernet sauvignon — and riesling and other white wines (mostly chardonnay, sémillon, and blends of the two) continue to be produced here.