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2011 Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne

"Marsanne is a Rhone Valley variety that has been planted in Australia, in particular in Victoria's Goulburn Valley, for many years. This is a light, early drinking, fresh example, but still shows the sappy intensity and earthy texture that is typical for the variety. A great match with Mediterranean dishes and spicy foods".


2012 Clos des Pape Chateauneuf du Pape

Voted number seven in Wine Spectators Top 10 Wines of 2014 ( 18,000 wines tasted from 14 countries ) - a massive achievement and rated 97/100 by them. Tasted from multiple foudres, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is stunning! Showing surprising depth and concentration in the vintage, with full-bodied richness and texture, all of the samples showed perfumed, complex aromatics, fantastic mid-palates and serious back-end structure. Less forward than the 2011, with plenty of oomph, it will most likely require short-term cellaring to come around, and have a broad drink window. 95-98/100 Parker "Tasted in three components, from three different foudres, followed by a hypothetical final blend that Avril has assembled in its own foudre. #1 (80% grenache, 10% syrah and the rest "all the other varieties): Intense red fruit and floral scents, with a bright mineral overtone. Silky and fruit-driven, offering sweet raspberry liqueur and lavender flavors and a touch of white pepper. Spicy and precise, with serious finishing power. This is carrying 15.7% alcohol. #2) (70% grenache, 20% syrah and 10% mourvedre): Deeper and darker in character than #1, offering bitter cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors and a touch of licorice. A sexy floral note dominates the finish, which is smooth, focused and long. #3 (55% grenache, 40% mourvedre and 5% counoise): Exotic black and blue fruit compote on the nose, with a smoky note gaining power with air. Rich and energetic, finishing with excellent clarity and thrust. A hypothetical final blend: Opaque ruby. Heady aromas of dark berry preserves, potpourri, anise and spicecake, with a zesty mineral topnote. Juicy, focused and penetrating, offering sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a strong mineral undertone. Closes spicy and long, with smooth tannins folding smoothly into the fruit."93-95 Tanzer


2012 L'Oratorie St Martin Cotes du Rhone Haut Coustias Blanc

This special selection of the estate’s oldest, lowest-yielding vines—some 70 years old—from the lieu-dit “Haut Coustias,” the chalkiest, coolest part of the appellation, combines native Rhone grapes Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Clairette. "Notes of lemon butter, pine nuts and white fruits show on the nose; medium-bodied and silky flavors of white fruits, candied lemons and quince are ample and lasting on the palate."


2013 Yalumba Eden Valley Roussanne


2013 Domaine Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

There is only one thing wrong with this superlative blend of 40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Clairette and 20% Roussanne, namely the paucity of its availability. Richly textured, with indulgent peachy, toasty notes, the wine has a distinctive brioche aniseed finish and a fertile seam of acidity in counterpoint to its innate generosity.


2013 Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Blanc

A great new wine from a new producer for us. Domaine du Bagnol is a tiny producer with vineyards situated beneath a dramatic limestone outcrop on the hill above the sun-soaked village of Cassis in Southern France, just 200 metres from the Mediterranean. This is a beautiful dry and juicy white with fresh white fruit flavours. A perfect match with seafood dishes. Marsanne (51%) is the dominant grape variety complemented by Clairette Blanc (31%) and some Ugni Blanc (18%). The vineyards to produce the white wine at Bagnol cover a bit less than 9 hectares and are planted on a gentle slope of clay and limestone soil with a north – northwest exposure. After a manual harvest, the grapes are destemmed and pressed; the fermentation continues for three weeks in cement cuves at a temperature controlled 18 degrees Celsius; the wine is vinified completely dry.




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