Sourced primarily from the Eden Valley. Select parcels of handpicked Shiraz and Viognier have been crushed and co-fermented together as Yalumba has done for many years. However, this year they also began to utilize the skins of the Viognier only with select parcels of the Handpicked Shiraz. The skins can often provide more powerful aroma and texture and this helps create another dimension of flavor and complexity to this wine.
The concept of blending Shiraz and Viognier is not new. It is derived from the great French wine region of Northern Rhone, in particular, the Côte Rôtie area. Côte Rôtie has often been described as one of France's finest and most perfumed red wines.
Yalumba 2006 Hand Picked Barossa Shiraz/Viognier is deep red in color with purple hues. Full of warmth and floral notes, showing bright blueberry, coffee, cedar, anise and a subtle aromatic sweetness from the Viognier.
A wine of purity, fineness and texture. Full-bodied, beautifully weighted and finishing with powdery tannins. Aged 15 months in French oak Hogsheads.