Yeringberg Marsanne Roussanne 2014
The vineyard is planted approximately 60% Marsanne and 40% Roussanne. The Marsanne was planted in 1973 with a clone from Gol Gol. The Roussanne was planted in 1983-85 with the first cuttings brought into Australia via CSIRO Merbein. Generally the Marsanne is picked a week or 10 days before the Roussanne, so they are fermented separately. The fruit is crushed, destemmed and basket pressed. The fermentations are mostly completed in tank, and then the wine is racked to old hogsheads for 8-9 months. There is no new wood and no MLF. No fining. Limited lees stirring in recent years.
James Halliday – 59/41%, crushed and destemmed, fermented in French oak, as are all the Yeringberg white wines, but with a relatively small percentage of new barrels. Barrel ferment and the synergy between the two varieties, neither of which are aromatic, give the wine its mouthfeel and flavours, all of which will continue to grow for 20 years or more. 95 points. James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion
In a mixed or straight case: $56.99