Yalumba Hand Picked Shiraz Viognier 2015

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The Yalumba Hand Picked Shiraz Viognier is sourced entirely from the Eden Valley region. In 2015, three Shiraz vineyards stood out for their style and elegance and are the components of the blend.

About the Vineyard

The growing season for vintage 2015 began with consistent rainfall in the winter of 2014. Spring remained warmer and drier than average and the vines were off to a healthy start with bunch and berry size reduced. The reduced berry and crop size has produced grapes of great aromatics and flavor. It was a long and relatively mild summer with very few heat spikes and quite cool nights. These cool nights helped to retain the acidity and pristine fruit flavours we seek in our Shiraz based wines.

Wine Production

We utilise the skins only of the Viognier grapes by first separating most of the juice from the Viognier skins and then fermenting the remaining “sloppy” skins with select parcels of Shiraz grapes. This method of using skins on their own provides us with another dimension of aroma and texture which helps increase the flavor and complexity of this alluring wine. We introduce whole bunch fermentation, approximately 10% for this vintage, which adds an extra degree of complexity and intrigue to the wine. After fermentation all batches are drained, pressed and then racked to barrel for maturation. Matured for 15 Months in 22% new French oak hogsheads and barriques, balance in one year and older French oak hogsheads and barriques.

Tasting Notes

Impressively aromatic and perfumed showing cranberry, raspberry, spices and violets. Fresh red fruits and a mouth watering acidity showcase the brightness and coolness of Eden Valley. The palate, medium in depth retains the texture and sweet fruits that come with co-fermenting with Viognier.

Food Pairing

Pair with pork belly with red cabbage, endive and walnut or Sicilian penne with roast tomatoes & eggplant.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
Multiple Vineyards
Soil composition:
Eden Valley Vineyards
Elevation:
750-1,500 feet
Average Vine Age:
80 years
Certifying organizations:
ISO14001; Entwine Australia
Sustainability certification:
EPA Acredited Sustainability Licence
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
98 % Shiraz, 2% Viognier
Prefermentation technique:
1-3 days on skins pre fermentation before wild yeast start to ferment
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Fining agent:
Vegan
Type of aging container:
Barriques and Hogsheads
Age of aging container:
15 months
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
17 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
13.5 %
pH level:
3.5
Residual sugar:
0.4 g/L
Acidity:
6.4 g/L

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