Yarra Valley Estate Grown Viognier 2008

Region
De Bortoli Estate Grown, Yarra Valley, VIC

Appearance
Pale straw with hints of green.

Bouquet
Precise and elegant Viognier with vibrant pine kernel and pistachio bouquet.

Palate
Complex lychee and apricot flavours with grip, concentration and fine acidity.

Vintage Conditions
2008 saw timely December and January rainfall followed by warm dry days and cool nights. Harvest dates were earlier than normal.

Winemaking
Estate Viognier is sourced from a single estate vineyard at Dixons Creek in the Yarra Valley. All cane pruned, shoot thinned and hand picked. Fruit is whole bunch crushed and pressed until there is nothing left in the skins, the phenolics being an important textural component in the wine. The wine is roughly racked to older casks with lots of solids. The wine is allowed to ferment naturally and undergoes natural malolactic fermentation. Lots of battonage over a five month period. Viognier is a naturally high perfumed variety and avoiding intensity and fullness can be quite difficult. Our goal is to make a Viognier that is more mineral and textured, rather than overtly varietal. It needs to be tight and aromatic as a young wine and to evolve over 2-3 years into a wine that is taut but generous, brooding, ethereal and thoroughly delicious.

Wine Analysis

Alc/Vol : 13.0 %   pH : 3.50   TA : 5.7 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 this fruity, low acid, aromatic number with lightly spiced seafood or grilled spatchcock.

General Characteristics
Dry  Medium Bodied

90 Points
"Made in a crispier, fresher style than many Viogniers, without the extreme aromatics of some, but possessing fine, complex pear and pineapple fruit alongside smoky-minerally notes. It's medium bodied and admirably focused, with a long refreshing finish."

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast , May 2011

UK

"Spicy, tropical fruit nose. Lean, quite assertive but fresh and balanced apricot fruit; subtle and charming. Quite long."

Stephen Brook, Decanter, September 2010

92 Points

rating given; no review

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2011, August 2010


93 points
"Chablis-like minerality here, with an oyster-shell briny character that signals an interest-packed wine that's far removed from the more usual, shrill, apricotty Aussie style. It has some underlying richness yet has delicacy and drinkability. More please!"

Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE, November 2009

"Expect aromas of juicy pink grapefruit, sweet exotic spices and stone fruits. On the palate it is crisp and clean with mineral, stone fruit and lime peel flavours and spice lingering. A snappy, mouth-watering finish."

Wine Diva, www.winescores.ca (Canada), October 2009


"I think I'm pretty tough on viognier. Often it's too oily and pungent and lacks refinement. That's not the case with this example from De Bortoli. It's fine, focused and perfectly varietal. Musk, apricot kernel, and a smoky savoury edge are followed by a crisp, clean finish with citrus flavours. A lovely example of the variety and a great winter white."

Fergus McGhie, Canberra Times, July 2009

"...A new wine from the talented Steve Webber. Smoky, reductive but pretty rich and tense on the palate - very far from the usual perfume and flesh that so many Viogniers offer. A sort of cross between Cuilleron and Coche-Dury. One to watch."

Jancis Robinson, www.jancisrobinson.com (UK), June 2009

"There is a zen-like precision to this Viognier which leaves you feeling calm and cool and unlike many other wines made from this grape, not at all weighty or fruit-soaked. There is infinitesimal detail here on the nose and palate but it is all delivered in an almost monastic manner as opposed to a wild western ‘yeehah’ so often encountered with this variety."

Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wines 2009, www.matthewjukes.com, May 2009

Other Vintages:  2010 : 2007