A fantastic take on a traditional Rhone blend. Typically rich, powerful, but nearly always with very interesting layers of complexity.
"94 Points. A blend of 55% marsanne and 45% roussanne, which underwent extended skin contact and partial new oak maturation. With a light yellow hue, it has a very smoky bouquet combining barrel and reductive aromas with spices and a hint of smoked chicken, the palate multi-layered and entertaining, medium bodied and soft-but-dry in its balance. A lovely wine with a really engaging set of flavours, and a long and satisfying follow-through. (Screwcap). 12.5% alc. Ageing: now to 2029 Food: deboned, barbecued spatchcock with lots of garlic and olive oil" Huon Hooke, The Real Review.
"92/100. A Rhône-inspired white blend of marsanne and roussanne from the Turkey Flat vineyards in Bethany and Stone Well; whole-bunch pressed with some skin contact and a portion aged in new oak. Pale straw with some intriguing struck flint and cordite notes layered above the juicy white peach, lemon and apple fruit base. Hints of nougat, toasted almonds, crème fraîche, white flowers and ginger complete the picture. Dry with a lovely textural component, a minerally acid line and excellent clarity on the finish. Great complex, zesty drinking. 12.5% alc. Screwcap" Dave Brookes, winecompanion.com.au.
Perhaps my favourite white blend in the world of wine. Typically rich, powerful, but nearly always with very interesting layers of complexity. Sourced from the Bethany and Stonewell regions of the Barossa. Traditional to Turkey Flat style the Marsanne was picked early and pressed lightly. The Viognier (was handpicked, chilled, crushed and saw 48 hours on skins and then pressed lightly. The Roussannenwas a little riper when handpicked and subsequently whole bunch pressed.
Where this wine comes from - Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is Australia’s best-known wine region and there’s a good reason why. The wines certainly live up to their international reputation, particularly Barossa Shiraz. With long, warm summers, the region produces full-bodied styles with power and panache. The reds are rich and luscious in their youth with dark-berried flavours, fruit intensity and fine-grained tannins, which mature gracefully with time in the cellar. But there’s more to the region than Shiraz. Grenache and Mourvèdre do more than play a supporting role in GSM blends, they’re standing on their own two feet as single varietal wines. And with a new school of winemakers at the helm, the region is in good hands for a long and healthy future.