Normally found in blends, there are only a handful of straight Roussanne in Australia. Originally hailing from the Rhone in France (where it is found alongside Viognier and Marsanne), it can have natural heft. From the talented hands of Elena and Zar Brooks.
Dandelion Vineyards, Honeypot of the Barossa, Roussanne, Barossa, 2021
A medium-pale lemon colour. Waxy citrus rind, green pomme (apple and pear), honeysuckle and pinch of spice. Puckering and racing, 100 miles an hour kind of rush through the body. Finger stabs in the chest kind of attention seeking. For the moment, it’s all happening up front with not quite ripe pear as the dominating flavour before ol’ Speed Racer texture rushes through. A contrast from weighty, oily Roussannes, this offers an alternative view while retaining a touch of that varietal waxy lining. Pork I think here, roast or schnitzeled.
Wine sample courtesy of Dandelion Vineyards