Tahbilk Marsanne is a wine with a history, because Marsanne has been grown on the Tahbilk estate since the 1860s. Although none of these early vines survives, some of the estate’s Marsanne vines date back to the late 1920s. Astonishingly, Tahbilk has the largest single holding of Marsanne vines in the world. It’s quite a rare variety, with its origins in the northern Rhone, and currently planted in only four countries: France, Australia, the United States and Switzerland. In the Rhone it’s generally blended with Roussanne and/or Viognier, whereas this wine is pure Marsanne.
Unwooded style with intense aromas of lemon, honey and finish that are mirrored on the pure, fresh palate. Additional complexity will develop as the wine matures with a unique honeysuckle character. Clean, fresh and fragrant, mineral, spice and honeysuckle cohabit, leading into a long, crisp finish.
REVIEWS & AWARDS
“The colour is honey-golden, clear and very shiny. The bouquet intriguingly starts with potato peel, earthy mineral and paraffin- almost smoky. Then come more perfumed notes of honeysuckle and pear, accompanied by fennel candy, nut and vanilla scented wood polish. On the second day the honeysuckle became more prominent, as did the fruit, for the instance with aromas of overripe mango. A very intriguing mix of substantial and earthy (almost like a good Silvaner) with a more flowery and fruity touch, plus a hint of wisdom of age.” – The Wine Rambler