2018 "The Good Earth" Marsanne
94 Points - Huon Hooke, The Real review
93 Points - Steve Leszczynski, QWine
93 Points - Ned Goodwin MW
Bronze Medal - Yarra Valley Wine Show 2019
Bronze Medal - Melbourne Wine Awards 2019
The Marsanne grapes were sourced from Wattle Glen Vineyard. The vineyard is a small, one acre block of unirrigated vines located in Mount Evelyn, Yarra Valley. The vines were planted in 1994 and benefit from the cooler nature of the "Upper" Yarra Valley
The grapes were handpicked on the 3rd March at moderate ripeness when the pear, subtle mascarpone notes with bright acidity were present.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to oak barrels for fermentation, where 33% was new oak. Only the free run juice was extracted and the pressings were discarded. After a natural fermentation, the barrels were sulphured to inhibit MLF, topped and sat on yeast lees until November 2018, where the wine was blended and bottled with only a coarse (light) filtration. Other than the anti-oxidant/preservative sulphur dioxide, nothing was added to the wine.
The appearance is pale straw. White peach skin, pear, mandarin, and notes of citrus blossom are present in the aroma. There are also tones of almond meal and dried basil. The palate is delicate but rounded with texture and has tones of white musk, peach, beeswax, orange zest and marzipan. There are chalky phenolics and a long lime-driven finish which carries a subtle struck-match funk.
The perfect seafood wine; match this with Spaghetti Vongole or Patagonian Toothfish with a miso-butter sauce.
Although drinking well as a young wine, this wine shall reward careful cellaring for 10 or more years. 160 Dozen bottles produced.