2008 Churchview Estate The Bartondale Reserve Marsanne

Marsanne is grown in all mainland states with the bulk of producers located in Victoria. This example from the Churchview Estate winery in Western Australia's Margaret River comes from a small planting started back in 2000.  

Marsanne is an interesting variety in that it tends to polarise opinion. You either love it or you don't and our 150 year plus history with this classic Rhone grape has done little to change that perception. A fickle variety if planted in the wrong terroir it tends to turn out flat and bland in climates that are too cool, flabby and oily in ones that are too warm. Margaret River's mild Mediterranean climate and the winery's boney lateritic gravelly soils are ideal in encouraging low yielding Marsanne grapes. 

A pale lemon green colour in the glass. The aromatics display subtle honeydew, apricot and jasmine nuances, which translate onto the light to medium-bodied palate. Some tight and fleshy citrus with blanched almonds. Creamy, savoury and a mineral edge across the tongue that I liked. Surprisingly and disappointingly falls off the cliff quickly. Not enough oomph to get over the magical ninety point mark but with proper cellaring, would be an interesting prospect in another few years. 

Source: Retail Purchase. Alcohol: 14.0%. Closure: Screwcap. Rating: 89+ Points.
Website: http://www.churchview.com.au/

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