Yarra Valley Estate Grown Viognier 2007

Region
Yarra Valley, De Bortoli Estate Grown, VIC

Appearance
Light straw with green tints.

Bouquet
The bouquet shows a combination of lifted spicey notes together with subtle floral, orange blossom notes, with a hint of ginger in the background for added complexity.

Palate
The palate shows texture and freshness derived from extended time on lees. Slight citrus notes also adds freshness to the palate. The wine shows lovely length and balance.

Vintage Conditions
Warm and dry early in the season resulted in reducing yields. Cooler conditions closer to harvest resulting in fruit with physiological ripeness at lower sugar levels.

Winemaking
The fruit is ‘estate grown’ on the Dixons Creek winery site. Once optimal maturity is reached the fruit is carefully hand harvested and gently pressed. The juice once gently pressed was not acidified, clarified or inoculated prior to racking to older French oak casks. Here it was allowed to complete primary fermentation naturally. Post fermentation, the was was stirred and topped fortnightly until September 2007 where it was gravity racked to tank and bottled late September, 2007. Full fermentation and maturation in older French oak casks.

Wine Analysis
Alc/Vol : 13.0 %   pH : 3.56   TA : 4.8 g/L 

Cellaring
This wine can be enjoyed young and fresh but will mature to greater depth and complexity in a good cellar over 2-5 years.

Suggested Cuisine

Enjoy with seafood and Asian cuisine.

General Characteristics
Dry  Medium Bodied

89 Points – Editors Choice
"Classic viognier aromas of white flowers and peaches grab you by the lapels and pull you into the glass. The palate is more straightforward with stone fruit flavors shot through with a strong mineral note that lingers on the finish. Unusually structured for Oz Viognier and commendable for it."

, Wine Enthusiast (USA), February 2009

91 Points
"This silky version is delicious for its pear, apricot, peach and spice aromas and flavors, weaving together harmoniously on the long, well-formed finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases imported."

, Wine Spectator (USA), November 2008

91 points
"Pale gold. Fresh melon and peach aromas, with subtle baking spice and dried flower nuances. At once juicy and round, displaying luscious pit fruit flavors and refreshing mineral snap. Becomes spicier on the finish, which is impressively vibrant and long. Boasts very good energy for a New World viognier."
Josh Raynolds - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar,September/October 2008 – Issue 140

90 points

“Clear varietal apricot flesh and nuances of clove and cinnamon; good texture and weight, and ready to go now.”
James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2009

"What's really great about this, it has the body of viognier without any heaviness as it's lifted by wonderful citrus notes especially lemon and limes. Tight and focused, build's with some toffee and nuts mid-palate with plenty of length and depth. A terrific wine."
Jane Faulkner, The Age, 2 August 2008

91 points
"This is an interesting viognier, estate-grown at Dixons Creek. It's barrel fermented and modest in alcohol, giving balance, subtlety and drinkability. A lick of spice goes with the apricot. Restrained varietal character. A lovely drink."
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, June/July 2008

92 points
Top Aussie White

"Grown on De Bortoli's Yarra Valley vineyard at Dixons Creek, this is a lovely, subtle but complex viognier which has more interest than most and avoids alcohol hotness and heaviness at the same time. Spiced apricots with a hint of the barrel."
Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 June 2008

"A stylish wine with good viscosity, spice and texture."
Toni Paterson, Life, June 2008

95 points

"This is an amazing interpretation of Viognier. It is packed with layers of complexity, spanning almond meal, peach kernel, grapefruit, ginger and marmalade but-and this is a very important but-it is utterly reserved, elegantly restrained and constructed upon layers of textured, minerally acidity which glide on and on. Sensational value."
Tyson Stelzer, WBM 100, April 2008

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