Yalumba The Virgilius Eden Valley Viognier 2006
"The 2006 Viognier "The Virgilus" was barrel-fermented with native yeasts and aged in French oak for 10 months. It has a superb, Condrieu-like perfume of peach, apricot, and tropical fruits. Mouth-filling and rich, the flavors are complex and the wine has exceptional length. Drink it over the next 2-3 years."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
"Light yellow. Spicy pear and pit fruit aromas, with exotic floral and anise adding interest. The juicy, impressively focused peach and melon flavors are braced by youthful minerality. This gained flesh with air without losing its verve or focus. More vibrant than the 2005. A tangy wet stone quality lingers long into the finish. I really like this."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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.