The 2015 vintage was Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2017 edition "Steven Spurrier's Fine Wines" column (see blue link below).
Yalumba FSW8B 2015 - May 2017 Decanter review
Autumn in Wrattonbully means dewy mornings, soft mists and warm sun on ripe grapes – perfect for ‘Botrytis cinerea’ and the naturally alluring Viognier grape to link and create the golden nectar that becomes FSW8B. The flavours of the Botrytis, offering opulent flavours of Viognier have great synergy with the richness of apricots, peaches and spice. Exotic, luscious, long and elegant, this wine is an experience to be shared.
A select patch of Yaluma's Viognier vines are encouraged to grow a dense canopy reducing air flow, promoting infection by and growth of Botrytis cinerea. Botrytised grapes are difficult to press and several pressings are required to liberate all of the viscous nectar. Good quality juices are hard to ferment, so a special yeast strain is used to balance the ideal sugar levels, allowing the wine to find its natural balance.
The nose is an intense riot of meadow flower honey, apricots and ripe stone fruits. A mouthfilling and rich palate with the opulence of glazed fruit and cumquats. The finish is fresh with lingering flavours and a textured length.