It’s Yangarra Estate winemaker Pete Fraser’s birthday tomorrow, which reminds me that I haven’t written this wine up. I heard a whisper that the winery is considering their relationship with Viognier going into the future, but if this and the 2007 release (tasted last year and still drinking very well) are anything to go by then I hope it holds its place. I think there are some plans regarding Grenache Blanc as well, which could make for a neat little white Rhone blend down the track.
Elegant yet varietal with fresh apricot flesh, lifted florals, ginger, savoury leesy characters and almonds. The nutty palate has good shape and definition with texture nurtured sensitively and to great effect. A downy softness envelopes the cool season’s acidity. Lovely wine; no hurry to drink it either, it should develop well. 92 Very Good
Region: McLaren Vale
Tasted: December 2012