De Bortoli Rutherglen Estates "Shelleys Block" Marsanne, Viognier & Roussanne-
The Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne are grown on the De Bortoli Shelley’s Vineyard on the eastern edge of the Rutherglen region. The site has interesting gravel, clay and alluvial soil mix.
The start of Spring held promise with warmer than average temperatures but small and regular rain meant that growth was even and strong. In December and January temperatures were significantly higher than average with December being 3.5 degrees above and January being 5.7 degrees above the long term average. This placed a strain on the vines, and with careful monitoring and irrigation they got through the January period with reduced berry size and yields but in reasonable condition. Careful vineyard management of both vine canopy and irrigation was the key.
Pale straw with green hues, complex, citrus, spice, apricot, ginger with hazelnut and dry herb aromas. The palate has beautiful length and structure, soft texture, with nutty, citrus and delicate spice notes.
The wine was fermented using a mix of tank fermentation and French oak barrels. Following fermentation, the wine was then aged on lees for 7 months. Stirring and malolactic fermentation was avoided to retain the natural acidity and drive of the wine and so not to interfere with the wine’s bright zesty fruit profile.
Alc/Vol: 12.5 %, TA: 7.3 g/L, pH: 3.30
Superb for drinking now, but can cellar nicely for up to 10 years.
2020 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show - Gold Medal
2020 UK International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) - Gold Medal
2020 Victorian Wine Show - Silver Medal
Light to mid-yellow colour with a rich, stone-fruit bouquet reflecting peach and apricot and a spice note that reminds a little of gewürztraminer - from the viognier, no doubt. The wine is full and rounded, soft and generous in the mouth. A lovely wine, balanced and ample, and complex, layered with flavours that entertain. 93/100.The Real Review August 2020