Last night, on a damp and wet Autumn evening, we and 14 others were treated to a wonderful evening of great wines in the company of one of the most likeable and enthusiastic speakers of on Australian wine. Jane Ferrari winemaker and Travelling ambassador for Yalumba guided us through a flight of eight wines including some of Yalumba’s fine and rare wines.  Jane not only introduced us to the wines; their place and background, but also gave us ideas for delicious food combinations to try these wines out with. Anyway before i start to waffle lets look at the eight wines sampled.

1) Yalumba Organic Viognier 2010

Lifted nose of white blossoms, lemon and honeysuckle. The palate is lighter than the next two, but still luscious and silky. Try with Thai style dishes with lemongrass and chilli’s. The grapes for this wine are grown Bio-Dynamically and organically by the Barich family.

2) Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2009

It has pure aromas of apricot nectar and orange peel. The palate is long, rich and luscious, with intense stone fruit particularly apricots finishing with an aromatic citrus freshness. This wine comes from the same vineyard as the Virgilius, Yalumba’s top viognier. Would would great with slow cooked duck or lamb in Moroccan spices.

3) Yalumba ‘The Virgilius’ Viognier 2008

This wine comes from Yalumba’s top Viognier crop grown at their Virgilius vineyard in the Eden valley. the company has over 25 years experience growing this variety and that is seen clearly in this wonderful wine. The nose displays intense aromas of white peach, apricot and ginger. Ginger
spice is layered on the palate with mineral texture allure with complex apricots and white stone fruit flavours. The trademark Viognier lusciousness is also ever-present. This wine will compliment a wide range of spicy dishes from Thai food to Chinese, great with Asian style fish dishes.

4) Yalumba ‘Moppa Vineyard’ Grenache 2006

A single vineyard (only 2.2 acres) wine, and therefore a limited production. This Grenache is has a nose  of savoury and brooding fruits combined with dried herbs, flowers and spices. A big mouthful of wine, the palate shows warmth, a rich savoury black raspberry note runs through. This wine would be great with Roast Pork and all the trimmings.

5) Yalumba ‘Galway Vintage’ Shiraz 2009

For more on the history of this wine see here. Classic Barossa Shiraz aromas of liquorice all-sorts and spice. the palate is full on a packed with sweet plummy fruit fruits and ripe berries. Great with a hearty stew.

6) Yalumba ‘Hand-picked’ Shiraz+Viognier 2008

Classic Cote Rotie Style, blending a maximum of 5% Viognier in with Shiraz, this increase the aromatics, texture and colour of the wine. This Shiraz Viognier wine is full depth red in colour with purple hues, and shows violet, mocha, wild berry and dark cherry aromas.  The palate is full-bodied with beautifully defined fruit, juicy right in the middle with a long, intense and elegant palate with black espresso-like tannins to finish. Try with a char-grilled marinate steak or lamb.

7) Yalumba ‘FDR1A’ 2008

The name FDR1A stands for Fine Dry Red 1A is the shed designation in the winery for where the wine is located. A blend if the finest Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from the cooler Eden Valley area of the Barossa. Aromas of mulberry fruits, black cherry, anise, spices and cedar flavours. This is a complex and plushly textured wine, quite seamless, with long, fine grainy tannins that reveal an elegance and refinement on the finish. A perfect accompaniment to roast beef with a rich mushroom or pepper sauce.         My wine of the evening, only just!

8 ) Yalumba ‘The Signature’

First produced in 1962, the Signature is Yalumba’s top wine. Made from select parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Deep dark red in colour this wine displays aromas which are dense and curranty, yet pure and bright. The nose shows lifted florals, violets and chocolate mints. The
palate is brooding and serious with dark chocolate hazelnuts and warm generosity. The Signature finishes with long fine powdery tannins.