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Rutherglen Estates Marsanne

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Marsanne is one of those grape varieties that will fool you. It might not look like much when young, but put a couple of years on it and you shall reap the rewards. This marsanne from Rutherglen Estates is one of these wines, but it will come into its own with a seafood marinara. Green apples and citrus leap out of the glass, along with delicate whiffs of honeysuckle, meanwhile the palate is crunchy and tropical, with bright acidity, a kiss of toasty oak, and a slight grip on the citrusy finish. Left to cellar, it will develop more honeyed characters.

Winemaker's Notes

Marsanne is one of the world’s rarest white grape varieties, with origins from France’s northern Rhône Valley, where it is used as a blending grape in the white wines of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and St Joseph. Marsanne was introduced to Australia in the 1860s, with North East Victoria having some of the oldest Marsanne vineyards in the world, still producing wine today.

The warm days and mild nights that our vineyards experience, allows Marsanne to ripen fully and gain great flavour intensity. Marsanne grapes on the vine are relatively subtle in flavour and character, but the delicate lemon and tropical fruit characters are liberated after pressing and during fermentation.

Released as a young wine, with fresh lemon butter characteristics, a subtle hint of toasty oak, and crisp acidity, our Marsanne can be enjoyed while young and fresh, or allowed to age and develop into a classic and more traditional style.

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Rutherglen Estates Marsanne

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Has plenty of weight and presence in the mouth thanks to the touch of barrel ferment, even if the slate and lemon flavours are presently fleeting; well-made and should develop.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A well-made wine; slate, talc, and lemon with just a touch of well-judged oak; has length and balance, good acidity to close.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Clean, fresh, mineral/talc aromas; very light palate; a hint of citrus; well balanced, needs time.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
86

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