Wise Wine Review:
Yalumba Barossa Shiraz Viognier 2005

Cost Score = 9/10 Points
Taste Score = 8/10 Points (Additional stats below)

Vintage Info:
�With good soaking rains for the beginning of the 2004/2005 growing season, a promising vintage was on offer. Warm temperatures over summer and autumn enabled the grapes to ripen evenly and gradually. The results are red wines from the Barossa showing excellent flavour intensity and structure. Great now, but will also reward 5-7 years in the cellar" �Yalumba

Recommended Food Pairing:
I tasted this wine alongside a 1.5" thick cowboy steak expertly seared by my genuine Aussie fan friend. The drying grip of the Viognier blended nicely with the charred crust while melding beautifully with the buttery rich meat it encased.

Producer: Yalumba
Vintage: 2005
Varietal: 95% Shiraz, 5% Viognier
Appellation: Barossa Valley and Eden Valley Australia
Residual Sugar: N/A
TA: 6.2 g/L
pH: 3.51
Production: N/A
Alcohol %: 14.5
Aging: N/A
Cost: $10-$15

Wine Whore Score:

This particular blend from Yalumba of Aussie staple grape may seem foreign to many Shiraz lovers. To the nose, it presents soft fruit reminiscent of a Pinot Noir. The fruit stands beside the personality of the Viognier shyly in comparison to the bold rich floral bouquet. The combination is soft and elegant as it dances over the tongue but it boldly announces its presence through dry gripping structure.

Be warned - this wine is VERY DRY!!!

You will want to make sure you have an acidic compliment to support this dominant drying or else your tongue will be trapped in the parching desert of the Viognier.

Overall, the Shiraz and Viognier meld into an enjoyable combo packed with great spice displayed by a fragrant bouquet. With a price tag around $10-$15 per bottle, this Aussie wine scores a 9 for cost and a highly regarded 8 for taste and 8.5 for enjoyability giving it a total score of 33 out of 40 points and an average score of 8.3 out of 10 points.

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Kort said...

Mmmmm, now i want a bottle of this and a steak. I probably had nearly it's polar opposite this weekend, a lovely lush and sweet fruity red from Henstratch Farms known as Country Walk. That is what makes wine so wonderful, all of the myriad variety.

Breanne said...

I love dry red wine and steak! YUM! thanks for this.

Tom said...

I LOVE this wine. I didn't find it that dry, thought it was simply excellent with plenty of fruit.

Anonymous said...

I have had some good luck with this type of a blend from Australia before..Yalumba never really seems to disappoint me either

Anonymous said...

its a cote rotie blend for a killer price


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