Yalumba FSW8B Botrytis Viognier 2017

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Autumn in Wrattonbully means dewy mornings, soft mists and warm sun on ripe grapes – perfect for ‘Botrytis cinerea’ and the naturally alluring Viognier grape to link and create the golden nectar that becomes FSW8B. The flavours of the Botrytis, offering opulent flavours of Viognier have great synergy with the richness of apricots, peaches and spice. Exotic, luscious, long and elegant, this wine is an experience to be shared.

About the Vineyard

Winter brought plenty of early rain and it was warmer and dryer than average through spring. The warmth allowed fast evening flowering. Veraison was early but in mid February temperatures cooled and ripening slowed. Moist foggy conditions mid to late April promoted ideal conditions for Botrytis to grow bringing harvest to an early close.

Wine Production

A select patch of our Viognier vines are encouraged to grow a dense canopy reducing air flow, promoting infection by and growth of Botrytis cinerea. Botrytised grapes are difficult to press and several pressings are required to liberate all of the viscous nectar. Good quality juices are hard to ferment, so a special yeast strain is used to balance the ideal sugar levels, allowing the wine to find its natural balance.

Tasting Notes

The nose is an intense riot of meadow flower honey, apricots and ripe stone fruits. A mouthfilling and rich palate with the opulence of glazed fruit and cumquats. The finish is fresh with lingering flavours and a textured length.

Food Pairing

Enjoy as a dessert wine.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
Smiths Vineyard
Soil composition:
Terra Rossa and limestone
Elevation:
150 feet
Average Vine Age:
25 years
Certifying organizations:
ISO14001; Entwine Australia
Sustainability certification:
EPA Acredited Sustainability Licence
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Viognier
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Malolactic fermentation:
no
Fining agent:
Vegan
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of aging before bottling:
2 months

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