This is my third Marsanne release from the Warramunda Vineyard, after the first release in 2011 (2013 was not released).
Vintage 2014 for the Yarra Valley was “high-quality, low quantity”. Good winter and spring rainfall contributed to an even and healthy budburst in September. After negotiating some frost pressure on new green shoots early in October, the cold, wet conditions continued throughout the flowering period of November and in to December, with below average maximum temperatures, along with persistent wind and gloomy skies. This led to challenging challenges with flowering and fruit set resulting in lower than average yields. The welcome warmth returned in January and continued throughout the rest of vintage with near perfect ripening conditions.
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.
Clone: N/E Vic Selection
Year planted: 2001