This blog celebrates Australian wines that are produced from alternative, emerging or rare grape varieties, hopefully piquing interest and inspiring people to broaden their palate and enjoy some of our more esoteric, commercially made libations.
Reviews of wines from boutique producers, of avant-garde blends, of mainstream varieties grown in atypical regions or of organic/biodynamic, natural and small batch wines are posted also.
A non-traditional blend of two classic varieties, Chardonnay and Marsanne (70/30) from the Pfeiffer Wines Carlyle vineyard at Rutherglen. Both varieties were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks before extended batonage and blending.
Light straw yellow colours.
Fresh and vibrant aromatics of
white peach, lemon zest, dried flowers and fig. Some mineral flint action gives more brightness and lift to the tantalising nose.
Expressive, fruit-driven flavours of peach, honeysuckle, citrus and ginger, some ocean spray nuances on a full, rich palate. There's harmonious acidity keeping it all balanced and bright.
An oily lanolin texture gives the mid-palate a soft, round and creamy mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing spiciness to the long finish.
This is a fresh unwooded version of varieties uncommonly combined together, the Marsanne adding a light fresh 'X' factor to the richer, weightier Chardonnay. Really well made wine. Enjoy now but cellar worthy until 2021. Recommended.