Stunning fruit from a block of 15 year old Marsanne plantings in Colbinabbin, located on the banks of the Waranga-Mallee Irrigation Channel. The fruit was handpicked on 22 February, after two very hot weeks, and then processed the following day.
The whole bunches were lightly pressed to avoid potentially oily Marsanne characteristics and to promote freshness. Fermented in stainless steel, the wine was then transferred in to three old French oak Barriques.
Some of the barrels were allowed to go through Malolactic fermentation, resulting in buttery and rounded characteristics, with some held back to promote freshness. The wine was racked off lees, then cold stabilised. Bottling took place in early September.
A full bodied Marsanne, with flavours of apricot, honey and quince. A late harvest and full of structure.
Region: Heathcote Sub-region: Colbinabbin Vineyard: Mount Burrumboot Altitude: 119m Harvest date: 22 February 2018 Harvested: by hand Aged: in (old) French oak, 4 months Bottled: 9 September 2019 Palate: apricot, honey and quince. Drinking best: 2019-2025
Nicks Wine Merchants: Brilliant pale straw colour with a slight tinge of green around the edges and a watery hue. Fleshy peach and apricot aromas have a subtle honeysuckle overlay with hints of quince and spice also evident. Ripe peach, apricot and honeysuckle flavours are very rounded in their feel with traces of cinnamon and light spice in the background. Finishes dry and fresh with a medium to long conclusion that has a slippery feel to it. Score: 93 points.