(2024) Virgilius labelThe great grape of Condrieu in the northern Rhône was almost unknown outside of the appellation until relatively recently, and Yalumba was a real pioneer and advocate for the variety in South Australia. From the elevated slopes of Eden Valley, the fruit for this, their top cuvée, comes from a vineyard planted over 40 years ago. Gorgeous nose, all the luscious, lightly caramelised pear and exotic nectarine and mango you could wish for. There's a creamy oak overlay and hints of the exotic, from sesame seeds to summer blossom. On the palate it is textured and rippling with fruit, full-bodied but not over-bearing with its 13.5% alcohol. It's a wine that manages to be both slip down very easily and offer some structure, depth and seriousness, hints of ginger spice and a limey lick of acidity cleansing the finish.