Roussanne Viognier Marsanne Barossa South Australia
Rhône Valley grapes seem to flourish in the Barossa, enthused by sunny Mediterranean climes and stimulated by the cooling breezes off Gulf St Vincent. Torbreck retain access to the finest parcels of white Rhône varietals in the entire Valley. Woodcutter is fashioned to be dominated by a larger component of Roussanne, which provides the structure and length, Marsanne adds complexity, texture and palate richness. Viognier contributes pure, floral lift, finishing the wine with a measure of refinement and mark of elegance.
Harvests of Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne, are collated off choice sites in the premiere Barossa precincts of Marananga, Dorien and Kalimna. All grapes are hand picked and separately processed by vineyard and variety, bunches are gently pressed and the juices filled into open vats for cold settling. After a day of rest, Roussanne is racked to fermenters, Marsanne and Viognier are transferred to a selection of seasoned French oak barriques. Parcels are treated to a slow, cool fermentation, followed by seven months maturation on light sedimentery lees for palate richness before assembling into the finished wine.
Light straw hues. Wonderfully lifted, floral and fragrant, alluring and complex nose of citrus and mineral, stonefruits, kernel and meal. Solid palate of drying pineapple and banana chip characters, jaffa notes and vanillan, exotic fruit complexities and opulence throughout, its vibrant length of silken textures and minerality resolve on a finish of lingering, orange citrus freshness.