A Vibrant Viognier From Yali

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A Vibrant Viognier From Viña Ventisquero's Yali

Yali National Reserva Viognier 2012                    Majestic, RRP £9.99

Think Chile, and Viognier certainly isn't the first grape to spring to mind.  Named after the state protected El Yali wetland area, the Yali National Reserva Viognier from leading Chilean producer Viña Ventisquero illustrates just how well this grape can perform here, given the right conditions and the right hands.

White Winemaker Alejandro Galaz explains:  "Viognier is not usually associated with Chile, but we have been getting great results with this grape in our Peralillo vineyards in the Colchagua Valley.  Over the years, as the vines' roots have grown deeper, the fruit expression and concentration in the final wine has increased.  A good Chilean Viognier gives a great quality wine at an attractive price."

Now in its third vintage, this wine is made from 100% Viognier grapes grown on thick sand and part silt soils of volcanic origin.  A slow fermentation at controlled low temperatures of between 13°C - 16°C allows for full extraction of fruit and mineral compounds while weekly lees stirring gives additional palate richness.  The 2012 harvest was warmer than the preceding year, which was ideal for Galaz as he believes Viognier needs high temperatures during the ripening season to fully develop its aromatic floral notes.

The Yali National Reserva Viognier 2012 is light in body and texture, with an emphasis on stone fruits and tropical characters.  On the palate, melon, apricot and tangerine notes are lifted by a sharp citrusy acidity.  Great on its own as an aperitif, or drink with honey and ginger glazed pork and roasted vegetables.  Delicious!

Did You Know?

  • For every bottle of Yali sold in the UK, a donation is given to leading conservation charity the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (wwt.org.uk).  The same scheme is running with Operation Migration in the US and Canada, BirdWatch Ireland and Vogelbescherming in the Netherlands.
  • Yali wines are now certified Carbon Neutral.
  • Yali comes in special lightweight bottles.

Further information - Cordelia / 020 8747 9592