I’m a big believer when it comes to white ‘Rhone’ varieties and their place in the Australian wine landscape. Sure, many poor examples continue to be made and there’s no doubt we are still searching for the right terroirs to successfully articulate these grapes and blends but I’ve tasted enough to be convinced that the future looks bright. Here’s a great example. It’s 50% Marsanne, 35% Roussanne and 15% Viognier.
Enchanting fragrance. Honeysuckle florals, nuts (almonds mostly), citrus and a hint of stonefruit. With time a note of herbal tea courtesy of the Roussanne. It neither smells nor tastes fruity – indeed, much of the appeal lies in the complex but cohesive savoury character it exhibits. Sensibly textured with enough flesh to satisfy and a sinewy acid/mineral line maintaining excellent form. A structured but not overly stern palate then, with a squeeze of grip at the end. I ended up consuming the bottle with a friend, a couple of pork and fennel sausages and some roast root vegetables. We’ve both vowed to do it all again. Very Good – Excellent
Tasted: February 2012