ZILZIE VIOGNIER 2004, Victoria, Australia, 13.9% D, #660936 $15.95 (Tasted October 30, 2005)
Vintages writes: "A Gold-Medal winner at the 2005 International Wine Competition in London, England It's quite restrained on the nose, although the palate shows good varietal character – musk and dried apricot fruitiness with a pleasant viscous texture as well as some delicious juiciness. I loved the previous vintage, too: it's good to see that Zilzie are capable of consistency with this new grape variety. Rating: Bloody Good. (Peter Forrestal, www.quaff.com.au, July 29, 2005." The label says: ".... shows intense peach and apricot flavours enhanced with French oak barrel ferment characters. A rich palate.... lingering spicy finish." Tony Aspler says: "This wine is a steal at the price. Straw coloured; rich, spicy peach nose; full-bodied, ripe peach, toffee and toast flavours. * and rates it four stars. A Vintages release October 29, 2005. My notes: A convenient screwtop. A pale yellow with a just perceptible nose of wild flowers and lemon. Flavours of juicy lemon and orange full in the mouth (viscous?) with some acid without tartness - needs to be chilled. The finish is long and citrusy, becomes warmer over time. Good with reheated turkey and brussels. 'OK' as a sipper. A drink-now white.