2019 Lakeside Marsanne
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.
Vineyard: Mount Burrumboot
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
"Hand-picked fruit. Whole bunches were lightly pressed, fermented in stainless steel then transferred to 3yo French oak barriques for partial mlf and 4 months' maturation. Lakeside refers to the 15yo plantings on the banks of the Waranga-Mallee Irrigation Channel. A full-bodied expression of the grape almost to the point of richness. Walks a fine line, but is saved by seamless acidity. Pronounced jasmine, honeysuckle with white peach, cut pear, preserved ginger, fig. It's complex with long length and persistence." Jeni Port for Hallidays, score: 92 points (Silver).
" Pale straw and bright in the glass. The aromas are of cut-straw, some spice and honey, there's also a pithy citrus lift to it. Rich and full on the palate, there's a lusciousness to the fruit, with a touch of honey, stone fruit, baked apples, spice and vanilla. The acid does just enough to keep the unctuous fruit in balance." Aaron Brasher for The Real Review, score: 89 points (Bronze).
"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." Nicks Wine Merchants, score: 93 points.