Our 2011 Roussanne and Viognier have received some great reviews to bring in the new year!


The 2011 Roussanne was awarded 93 points (touch and go for 94) by Gary Walsh for the wine front ( He wrote:

"I’m not a big one for the white Rhones, not least local efforts, but wow this is good un.

Waxy, honeysuckle, spice, fennel, melon, citrus and sort of chicken soup savoury flavour – in a good way. Bright acid, slight slippery feel, but light and keen – gentle creaminess with a chalky tweak on the finish. Lively herb and acid twang too. Good lines and great to drink. Touch and go for 94 points. Drink 2013-2020."

Gary also scored our 2011 Viognier 93 points (, with the comment;

"Well, you know, I’m on record as saying I don’t have much fun with Viognier, but every now and then a good one crops up.

Some chicken stock, fresh apricot, vanilla and florals with a good bit of spice which also manifests itself as a subtle ginger beer character – and I am partial to a bit of ginger beer, I must say. It’s bright, light and energetic with a lightly chalky texture and particularly fine acidity. Has length too. Pretty much spot on. None of your fat-grandma-style here, thanks very much. Drink 2013 - 2018."

Looks like we turned Gary round on both Rhone whites...

Jeremy Pringle also rated our 2011 Viognier 92 points on his blog Wine Will Eat Itself ( He commented:

"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."

You can buy both of these wines online here.


January 8th 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: review, roussanne, viognier

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