Handpicked Highbow Hill Vineyard Marsanne 2014

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
Vintage 2014 was a challenging one in the Yarra Valley; cold and windy weather in spring caused widespread poor fruit set. However, late setting and ripening varieties such as Marsanne fared better than early varietals. This Marsanne was picked relatively late, in mid March, to allow the fruit to achieve full flavour. The fruit was whole bunch pressed and the juice was 100% barrel fermented in old oak to minimise oak aromatics while building texture and flavour. The wine was aged on lees for 10 months to further enhance texture and palate weight.

This is a full-flavoured Rhone-style wine. It has a very complex nose with aromas of dried pear, field honey and wild flower with a hint of potpourri. The palate is full bodied with rich spicy pear flavours and excellent texture. An ideal food match would be sashimi tuna. GARY BALDWIN