I've often wondered what makes us gravitate towards a certain brand over another. Why does that bottle of wine appeal to us over the other bottle of wine that's right next to it? Is it the label, or the name? Sure, sometimes it comes down to price, but appearance plays a huge part in what goes into my cart when I'm buying wine I haven't tried before.
Case in point - a few weeks ago my boyfriend and I made a trip to the LCBO to stock up on some ciders, beers and some cheap wines for easy drinking. I grabbed some trusty go-tos and a couple of bottles I haven't tried before. One of those was Yalumba's Y Series Viognier. Viognier (pronounced Vee-on-Yay) is a grape variety I haven't fully explored yet and one I didn't know much about so I was really excited to try this wine - a steal for $13.95.
The Wine: Yalumba Y Series Viognier
The Price: $13.95 (Currently on sale for $12.95)
The Grape: Viognier
The Region: South Australia
Viognier is similar to a Chardonnay in that they're both wines that are often aged in oak and both tend to have creamy and buttery textures, but Viognier's tend to be more perfumed on the nose. When I first cracked the bottle and took a whiff of the wine, I was hit with the smell of melons - cantaloupe specifically. I love melons, especially on a hot summer day; so this was promising. My first taste seconded the notes of melon - imagine a toasty melon flavour - and that's a very good thing.
As the wine warms up, notes of honey and apricot become apparent - there's a creaminess to this wine that tastes similar to a citrus creamsicle.
Yalumba, the vintners behind this Viognier, planted their first vineyards in 1849; so needless to say they know their stuff.
As I drink more of this Viognier, the apricot flavour becomes more and more apparent, as do notes of ginger - imagine a melon dipped in a ginger-honey-apricot jam - if that sounds good to you, then you'll love this wine.
I am so happy I grabbed this bottle - it was clearly a match made in wine heaven.
Brb, I have to go top up my glass now.