Tahbilk Viognier 2017
A vivacious early drinking wine — thoroughly enjoyed now with seared scallops and Chinese broccoli or cold duck and lychee salad.
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The plump, medium-bodied 2017 Viognier makes a good contrast to Tahbilk's racy Marsanne. Floral notes and apricot fruit mark the nose, while the palate artfully balances weight, richness and acidity. Those distinct floral notes reprise on the finish, giving terrific lift and freshness. I wouldn't age this, but it offers a fun drinking experience that captures Viognier's varietal character without tipping over into oily over-ripeness.
The property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with a frontage of 11 kms to the Goulburn River and 8 kms of permanent backwaters & creeks.
The vineyard comprises 168 hectares of vines which include the rare Rhone whites of Marsanne, Viognier & Roussanne, along with classical varieties such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc & Verdelho.
Nestled into the tip of its southeastern coastline, Victoria is Australia’s smallest mainland state, second most populous and third largest wine producer. Victoria includes the cool regions of Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Geelong, made famous mainly by impressive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Full-figured and charmingly floral, Viognier is one of the most important white grapes of the northern Rhône where it is used both to produce single varietal wines and as an important blending grape. Look for great New World examples from California, Oregon, Washington and cooler parts of Australia.