These white varieties are a staple in the Rhône Valley in France. There’s a few producers in Australia putting them together, but TarraWarra must surely be near the top of the pile. I liked the 2014, but this vintage is classier with more savoury components.
TarraWarra Estate, Roussanne Marsanne Viognier, Yarra Valley 2015
Gold in the glass, with bright green highlughts. Initial sulphides are blown away before earthy, spicy light tobacco aromas with roast chicken skin like meatiness, off set by quartz rocks and stone fruit. Medium bodied yet retains delicious acid lines to keep it reined in tight. Think juicy stone fruit and bittersweet grapefruit flavours that persist and impel rather than fall away greasy and flabby. Even being sampled at just under room temperature this stills feels graceful with tremendous length of flavour. 2nd and 3rd glass worthy.
Wine sample courtesy of TarraWarra Estate