Yangarra Viognier 2016
Yangarra Viognier 2016 is one of Australia’s finest Viogniers! Biodynamically grown and made in small quantities.
Pale straw colour. Mellow and seductive aromas of apricots, nectarine, lemon citrus and minerality. Smooth textures on the palate thanks to its creamy acidity and extremely fine tannins. Elegant and clean. Bright apricot and white stone fruit flavours emerge over a mineral backbone with complementary soft notes of lemon, banana, mango and cotton candy. The persistent lime and nectarine finish is the perfect finale to a harmonious and comforting Viognier that you can’t help but love.
100% Viognier. Harvest by hand early in the season to achieve greater fragrance and finesse, giving this wine a more restrained style in comparison to other Viognier. The vines are on an east-facing ridge in the southeastern parcel of the Yangarra estate vineyard. The soils are a sand and ironstone gravel mix. A VSP (vertical shoot positioned) system regulates the amount of sunlight that reaches the leaves and grapes. A small amount of fruit thinning is also done pre-veraison to minimise bunch crowding and to ensure even ripening.
The vineyard is certified Biodynamic (certification # 11587) with Australian Certified Organic.
After handpicking, the grapes go through careful pressing. Only 60% of the extractable juice is used for the wine to eliminate any potential bitterness or astringency. No sulphur additions. Fermentation in tank then barrel, where it naturally completes fermentation. Ageing for 4 months on lees with monthly stirrings. Finally, the wine receives filtration prior to bottling.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
It’s viognier but not as you know it. It’s not big, fat nor riddled with apricots. Instead, it’s savoury and really textural with grilled nuts, jasmine rice, a creamed-honey leesy character and saline-like acidity. As good as it gets and stylishly so.
– 92 POINTS
From the estate plantings, biodynamically farmed, hand picked and sent to winery to natural ferment. It hangs out in tank mostly but some older oak is also applied. It’s a good thing to drink, I reckon. Would love to be on the White House (the Yangarra ‘mansion’) patio drinking this on a summer’s night pre dinner. Feels like a good thing to start an evening with. Subtle, fine, elegant expression of viognier. Has a soft, nutty complexion amongst the faint apricot, ripe apple, peach kisses in flavour. It’s very long, supple, licked at its heels with oatmeal savouriness, finishes with a quick zest of mixed citrus. So very easy to like the calm, even nature of this wine, and flavours are pleasing. Almost like a comfort white.