2017 Yalumba Viognier Samuel's Collection

Year: 2017
Appellation: Eden Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 91
James Suckling: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 89
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

"Supple and juicy, with peach and apricot flavors that are spicy and floral, showing appealing notes of almond skin on the finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported. -MW" (WS)

"A blend of six vineyards, the 2017 Samuel's Collection Viognier boasts extravagant floral and apricot aromas that leap from the glass. It's a blend of barrel-fermented (in old hogsheads) and steel-fermented components that have a slightly creamy texture and layers of opulent fruit. It's a rich wine, but with sufficient balancing acidity to keep it refreshing and clean on the long finish. It should provide immense pleasure over the next few years.

Yalumba's roving ambassador, Jane Ferrari, was recently in New York to launch the winery's line of old tawnies and the latest release of its new flagship, The Caley. Both are not to be missed by lovers of Australian wine. Unfortunately, both come with price tags that will limit the likelihood of being purchased. The Samuel's Collection trio of Grenache, Shiraz and Viognier are more popularly priced, representing solid values for around $20." (WA)

"Attractive fresh peaches and apricots really speak to the variety here, with a juicy and seamless palate that builds some handy texture and length. Orange blossom and spiced apricots to close. Drink now. Screw cap." (JS)

"Yalumba was one of Viognier's early champions Down Under, and while its everyday bottling isn't mind-blowing, it's nevertheless a solid and mouthwatering drop. It starts with peach and apple skin, with honey and florals in the picture as well. The palate is creamy and tangy, with bright fruit and crisp, lifted acidity and a spicy note on the finish." (WE)