Marsanne is never in a hurry. Aside from its tardy ripening tendencies, the 2015 ferment was slow and steady. Winemaking was very stripped back – all about texture, character and freshness. Ten months on lees and one year in bottle prior to release paid respect to a wine that does things in its own time. I love the layering of aroma and flavour in this wine. A tart, pithy core of citrus and apple is wrapped in a creamy centre, with lemon thyme and frangipani anchored by dollops of honeycomb. Dustings of spice and hints of brioche and biscotti bring a nutty, savoury twist. Textured, mineral and moreish, this is the vineyard in a glass from another stunning Yarra Valley vintage.
The Warramunda Vineyard in Coldstream backs up towards Gruyere with 360-degree views of the valley, the mountains and beyond. The Marsanne block sits at the peak of the hill – the front yard of a grand contemporary house.
The soils of the Warramunda Vineyard are duplex, mountain-derived clays, with sandstone and mudstone making up the subsoil horizon covered over with loam. The Yarra Valley battles a marginal climate, but great years are truly exceptional.
A beautifully mild and sunny ripening season saw complex flavour development and excellent retention of grape acids. 2015 was an effortless vintage, delivering age-worthy Marsanne with impeccable balance.
Hand-picked & whole bunch pressed
Cool barrel ferment, 100% wild yeast with solids, 6 months
Used 500L french oak puncheons, ranging from 1 to 5 years old
Partial malo-lactic with judicious lees stirring towards the end of ferment
Matured on lees for 10 months, undisturbed
12 months bottle age
Clone: N/E Vic Selection
Year planted: 2001