This is a medium bodied and finely textured blend of three varieties. Marsanne brings lovely weight and subtle aromatics to the wine, with Chardonnay adding viscosity and richness. Roussanne is leaner and brings mineral character to the wine along with racy acidity. This wine is vinified with minimal intervention by the team at McHenry Hohnen.
Nuances of preserved Meyer lemons and camomile tea dominate the nose together with ripe yellow peaches. Aromas of apricot and potpourri, typical of Marsanne leap from the glass with Roussanne adding delicate mineral notes.
On the palate the lovely texture of the Marsanne is complemented by the leaner character of the Roussanne providing a refreshing, saline acidity. Finishing nutty and long, this wine is our take on a Rhone Valley classic.
A warm spring, with a full water table ensured good flowering and crop set. Summer was moderate with a large rain event mid vintage ensuring wines were never stressed. Picking dates were consistent with recent averages.
Al - 13.5%
James Halliday Wine Companion 2017
The glorious straw-green colour is worth the price alone; it has length, drive and balance, and I'll bet it will grow more legs yet with another 5 years in bottle. Drink to 2022.
|Wine Writer:||James Halliday|
The West Australian Wine Guide 2017
It's an interesting combination and works so well with the chardonnay bringing the power and th eother Rhone varieties adding a lean angular character to the palate. The wild yeast barrel fermentation adds another dimension of palate richness while also ensuring that linear minerality is maintained. A wine that gets better with a little age. Cellar: 6 years
|Wine Writer:||Ray Jordan|