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WINE NOTES: Yalumba Organic Y Series Viognier deliciously balances fruity and floral

Plus other refreshing and appealing summer wine recommendations from columnist Robert Moyes
Columnist Robert Moyes photographed at the Artisan Wine Shop on Broughton Street. (Don Denton) -

The Viognier grape, an attractive and under-appreciated varietal, has gone global and is now well represented from France to South America. And Australia as well, where the 2021 Yalumba Organic Y Series Viognier ($23) does a fine job of balancing the fruity and floral aspects of this versatile white grape. On the palate, the dominant fruit note is apricot, along with peach, pear, and a touch of minerality. Extra dry and medium bodied, this refreshing wine has an appealing mouthfeel and would go very well with seafood, especially shrimp.

Founded over a century ago, Bodega Luigi Bosca is Argentina’s oldest family-owned winery. They are particularly well regarded for their Malbecs, with a case in point being La Linda Old Vines, which uses the fruit from 30-year-old vines to produce a sophisticated, medium-bodied wine whose appealing aromas are followed by notes of ripe blackberries, black cherry, and plum gliding deftly over the palate en route to a long and satisfying finish. Bold and earthy, silky and complex, La Linda is ideal paired with steak. Well priced at $26.50.

With summer coming on hot this year, it’s certainly the right time for a chilled and refreshing glass of rosé. And around this house, one of our favourites has long been Hester Creek’s Rosé Cabernet Franc ($23). Made entirely from Cab Franc grapes, the 2022 vintage boasts a glowing ruby colour, exciting aromatics, and lush flavours of rhubarb, strawberry, cherry, and cranberry. Notwithstanding hints of tartness, this appealing, full-bodied wine is a bit off-dry, with an impressive finish. Try this beauty with charcuterie, smoked salmon, and gourmet olives.

And let’s return to Australia for a tasty rendezvous with a bargain bestseller, Yellow Tail Chardonnay. Fruity and off dry, this easy-drinker is round-textured and generous as it offers fresh flavours of peach, pineapple, mango, and citrus. Nicely balanced and benefitting from a lively acidity and a creamy mouthfeel, this goes well with food but is also easy to recommend for patio sipping. It’s a bargain at $16. (All prices include tax.)

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