Have you tried wine made from the Marsanne grape variety before? It’s a white grape variety synonymous with the Rhône Valley in France and it’s not the easiest grape to grow. Here in Australia, the Yarra Valley seems to have the right conditions to grow it well and this Bird on a Wire 2014 Marsanne is an example of that.
Firstly, a big thank you to winemaker Caroline Mooney for sending me over this sample to taste. Only 250 dozen bottles were produced of this one and it has only just been released. RRP $35.
The grapes were handpicked and the wine was aged in 3 year old French oak barrels. We tasted it just recently, however I would recommend holding onto this one, Marsanne turns into something extra delicious with a bit of age on it.
Here are our notes:
It’s a light and bright hay colour in the glass. Notes of vanilla, musk sticks/spice, orange zest and a hint of green capsicum rise from the glass. While int he mouth it’s buttery with a nice lick of oak, a bit of a pepper pop and a very mouth-puckering texture. We initially had it a bit cold, after it warmed up to room temperature the flavours really came out. This one definitely has a lot of character!
I was sent this bottle as a sample direct from the winery.
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!