2016 Powell & Son Roussanne-Marsanne Barossa Valley South Australia (Previously $40)

SKU #1294340 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 60% Marsanne and 40% Roussanne, the 2016 Marsanne Roussanne offers pretty scents of warm peach, beeswax, honey and allspice with a hint of baking bread. Medium-bodied with plenty of savory and stone fruit flavor layers, it has a satiny texture and great persistence. (LPB) 92+  (2/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Rich, with smooth and creamy peach, apricot and Asian pear flavors, accented by spicy toast and a whiff of roasted fennel. The supple texture and detailed finish go on and on. Drink now through 2027. (MW)  (6/2017)

K&L Notes

94+ points Wine Front: "A portion of this wine, well, the Marsanne bit, gets to see time in some new oak and matures for a while in older oak too. It’s blended together rather than co-fermented. The Powell family are less known for their white wines, but this is one to get familiar with. It’s main feature is its richness of flavour but phenolics that lend chalky-squeaky texture to the wine. The perfume is pleasingly floral, showing some candle wax and honey notes, touches of pear and stone fruit. The magic happens in the palate with its licks of ripe-ish, honey-kissed stone fruit flavours bound in waxiness and drawn out long on chiseled edges. To boil it down, it’s a very complex, delicious, fine white wine that looks great now but will age superbly too. Sensational, actually." Winemaker's notes: "Our Roussanne Marsanne is based on the style of the great Hermitage Blancs of the Northern Rhone Valley. We aim for richness, minerality and hedonism in this, our most premium white wine. While floral, bright in fruit and pretty in youth this wine should age to become savoury, complex and decadent in years to come."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/10/2017 | Send Email
A wine inspired by Callum's time working with Rhone icon Jean Louis Chave in Hermitage. This is an homage to Chave's legendary white Rhones. A rich wine with texture and weight but adequate acidity to keep it balanced and long on the palate. A tiny production wine, part fermented in stainless and part in new French oak. Only very minimal fining and no filtration to retain as much richness as possible. A wine that uses phenolics for structure and longevity. I'll be super intrigued to see how this ages...I suspect very well.

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Varietal:

Marsanne

- If you've ever enjoyed the white wines of France's Rhône Valley, then you've probably inhaled the intoxicating honeysuckle and almond perfume of Marsanne. Most often blended with Roussanne and, increasingly, Viognier, Marsanne adds body and perfume to the wines of St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and St-Péray. It also planted in small amounts in Australia and the United States, where California's Rhône Rangers have embraced it. Aliases include Ermitage, Hermitage Blanc, Marsana and Grosse Roussette.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5