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Yalumba - Handpicked Barossa Shiraz Viognier 2015


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Eden Valley
  • Wine Maker: Kevin Glastonbury
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 98% Shiraz, 2% Viognier
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2025
Food Matching

Food Matching

Pair with twice cooked pork belly with red cabbage, endive and walnut or Sicilian penne with roast tomatoes & eggplant.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2012) VS: 91 (2009) WS: 92 (2009) JS: 92 (2012) JH: 93 (2012) WF: 93 (2007) JO: 93 (2007)

Wine tasting notes

2015 stylistically sees the Yalumba Hand Picked Shiraz Viognier moving in a more complex and refined direction. Impressively aromatic and perfumed showing cranberry, raspberry, spices and violets. Fresh red fruits and a mouth watering acidity showcase the brightness and coolness of Eden Valley. The palate, medium in depth retains the texture and sweet fruits that come with co-fermenting with Viognier. This is not about brute force, this is modern, svelte and balanced albeit in a slightly edgy direction.

Winery Information


Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family owned winery founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, a British immigrant (he was a Master Brewer in England) and it is still owned by the Hill-Smith family today with their high reputation as an independent producer. Yalumba is an Aboriginal word for “all the land around”. The winery is situated in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, in a small town called Angaston - an hour north-east of Adelaide. The winery even has its own cooperage – the only one in Oz.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012)90 pts

June 2015 Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Containing just 2% Viognier, the 2012 Hand Picked Shiraz / Viognier has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and is a little rubbery to begin on the nose, giving way to a core of black and red cherry notes over hints of tar, violets and black earth. Medium to full-bodied, it is fresh and finely crafted on the palate with soft tannins in the background of the earth-laced cherry fruit flavors, finishing with good length.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2009)91 pts

July '12. By Josh Raynolds. Inky purple. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of candied dark berries, cherry-cola and licorice, with a peppery topnote. Plush and expansive, offering supple texture and deep black and blue fruit flavors. Closes with impressive energy and clarity, leaving spicecake and boysenberry notes behind. This wine is delicious now, especially with an hour or so of aeration.

Wine Spectator (2009)92 pts

Issue: July 31, 2012. Rich, focused and impressive for its deft balance, offering ripe cherry, rose petal, licorice and white pepper flavors that linger against refined tannins. Not a huge wine, but offers heft and depth. Drink now through 2020.

James Suckling (2012)92 pts

January , 2015. Lifted dark plums and berry fruits on display here with a floral twist. Hints of violets, jasmine, roasting meats, liquorice and earth. Excellent fruit density and freshness throughout and the wine finishes smooth and slinky with vibrant acidity and fine, gravely tannins. Drink now.

James Halliday (2012)93 pts

Brooding dark berried fruit flavour with edges of leather and crushed spice. Raspberry, licorice and earth notes too. Creamy vanillin oak adds more to texture than to flavour. What really characterises this wine is its combination of composure and push of intensely fine, insistent tannin.

Wine Front (2007)93 pts

Campbell Mattinson,, 93pts (2007) –“Some wines are like a silken glove and this is one of them. It’s not overly intense, but it’s in no way wimpy, either, especially as its pure, cherried, raisiny flavours are full of freshness. It’s got just enough blackberried oomph to skittle it through to a lengthy finish, too. Exquisite tannin. With veal, it would taste awesome. Drink : 2009 - 2013."

Jeremy Oliver (2007)93 pts

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2011, 93pts (2007) -"Pristine and finely crafted, with a finely interwoven viognier influence. Its meaty, spicy aromas of fresh blackberries, redcurrants and dark plums and polished cedar/vanilla oak are lifted by a fresh floral note. Smooth and spicy, its silky, succulent palate flaunts its vibrant, pastille-like flavours of dark fruits with smoky, ground coffee and dark chocolate-like oak. Moderately firm, with a fine, pliant undercarriage, it finishes with elegance and charm."

Vinification Notes

Traditionally, the Yalumba Hand Picked Shiraz Viognier wines have been crushed and fermented together as batches of Shiraz grapes each with a small percentage of Viognier grapes. However, in addition to this method, in 2006 we began to utilise the skins only of the Viognier grapes by first separating most of the juice from the Viognier skins and then fermenting the remaining “sloppy” skins with select parcels of Shiraz grapes. This method of using skins on their own provides us with another dimension of aroma and texture which helps increase the flavour and complexity of this alluring wine. From 2015 we see the introduction of whole bunch fermentation, approximately 10% for this vintage. This is to add an extra degree of complexity and intrigue to the wine. After fermentation all batches are drained, pressed and then racked to barrel for maturation.