$28 direct from winery. This is the other white in the portfolio. A Rhon-esque blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier grown at the Westgate Vineyard, site of their best Shiraz grapes. The 3 rows of Marsanne and 1 each of Roussanne and Viognier were planted down after convincing the owner to sacrifice Cabernet Sauvignon. It is the only Marsanne and Roussanne in the region, so this wine is a novelty in that regard. The pressings undergo wild yeast fermentation in older French barriques, and stay on lees for 12 months.
Clear pale clarified butter yellow, it’s got a pretty, expressive nose, with a richer exotic touch imparted by the Viognier. Light whisky citrus type of aromas, Pakenham pear, bees wax, subtle hints of raw crushed nuts, dried herb seeds. Sleek oily-like mouthfeel, rich fruit flavours backed by high acidity. Slightly weighty perhaps, but the fruit is robust, almost like poached pear drizzled with warm honey followed by a squeeze of sugared lemon syrup. I would certainly recommend this with a hot wood-fired pizza, rocket leaves and San Dianele prosciutto. Drink now. 87-88/100.