|Yalumba Family Wineries – 2009 Shiraz Viognier
$15.29 – Superstore
To be honest, I was a bit dumbfounded by this wine. Do I chill it? Do I leave it at room temp? I did both. I chilled it, took it out, poured an ounce, tasted it, then left it. I’ll tell you…it wasn’t very good! It wasn’t a rich red like those good Cabs out there, and it had that signature watery edge like a lot of whites do. But on my nose! I got stewed prunes, pickle juice and green beans! Where was the crushed raspberries, violets and Turkish delight that was promised to me on the bottle? I wasn’t sure I wanted to put it in my mouth! But, in keeping with “tasting”, I did… Let me sum up my tasting in a single phrase: wet dog. For a wine coming from Australia’s oldest family owned winery, I expected more.
I re-visited later that evening with some melba toast crackers. It somewhat redeemed itself at room temperature, although, it still had mushrooms and wet leaves on my palate. Tannins and acidity were both low.
I wasn’t about to give up on this wine, so I tasted it this evening…with my food. Farmers sausage, and penne with dill sauce. So that’s where all that fruit was hiding! No more wet dog! Just raspberries and blueberries with a dash of cinnamon! Yes, it was very complementary with my food, and thoroughly enjoyable. Finish was smoothe and long. After all that, I did find some redeeming qualities and I would purchase it again. REALLY!!