Wrattonbully Vineyards Marsanne Viognier 2006
Rhone White Blends from South Australia, Australia
The 2006 Wrattonbully Vineyards Marsanne Viognier has aromas of white flowers and honey, complemented by the flavours of crunchy pear, white peach and hazelnuts. The palate has a savoury texture with a moreish warmth and creamy finish. Together these two varieties have created a wine of both elegance and power - the perfect foil for a great meal.
"The 2006 Marsanne (60%) – Viognier (40%) was fermented with native yeasts in seasoned French oak. It remained on the lees for 6 months with regular battonage. Medium straw-colored, it offers complex aromas of mineral, honey, candle wax, and pit fruits. This leads to a medium-bodied, round, ripe, intensely flavored wine with excellent length. Drink it over the next 2-3 years."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Wrattonbully Vineyards is an Estate established by the Hill Smith family in 1994. It is sited in the recently discovered region of Wrattonbully, a near-northern neighbour of Coonawarra within South Australia’s Limestone Coast. The vineyard site was chosen for its soil types (principally shallow red soils over limestone), undulating aspect and coolish, reliable climate. View all Wrattonbully Vineyards WinesLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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