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YALUMBA “Samuel’s Collection” Viognier 2018

(Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia) $19

If you like Chardonnay (fruit-forward, round, and lush), you’ll love this Viognier from Yalumba, a winery that has won more awards for its Viogniers (there are several of them) than any other winery in the world.  The flavors are a rich profusion of apricot and apple Danish notes, with sparks of spiciness and a bright touch of minerality. Viognier is naturally low in acidity, so if high-voltage acidity is not your thing, this wine’s creamy softness will be just the ticket. The wine is made by Louisa Rose, one of the most renowned winemakers in Australia (and a Viognier specialist). It’s named “Samuel’s Collection” after Samuel Smith who founded Yalumba in 1849.  And it’s from the tiny Eden Valley—an eden for white grapes in South Australia. At this price, you might just want to lay in a case. (14% abv)

92 points KM

Available at Vivino

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