Marsanne wine variety in Australia

Marsanne is a white wine variety gaining popularity in Australia. 

For many years the best known example of wine made from this variety was from Chateau Tahbilk in the Nagambie Lakes region of Central Victoria. The 'Chateau' has disappeared from the winery name but the Marsanne wine just goes on improving.

Marsanne wine grape varietyMarsanne wine grape variety

This variety is a native to the Hermitage area in the Rhone Valley where it is often blended with other Rhone white varieties, and Roussanne and Viognier. It is one of eight grape varieties permitted in the Cotes de Rhone appellation.

Wines made with this variety improve markedly with bottle age. It is less common for white wines to improve with bottle age, but wines made from this variety are exceptions.

With age Marsanne wine develops a beautiful golden colour and the flavour rounds out to something resembling baked apples. For this reason Tahbilk, the most prominent producer of this wine in Australia, have two releases of the wine. At the time of writing you can get the 2015 vintage or wines from most vintages back to 2008.

The older wines are showing the early effects of ageing but will keep much longer given good cellaring conditions. So put aside a bottle of this fine wine for ten years or so and see what happens. It is worthwhile joining the Tahbilk wine club to keep your stocks of Marsanne up.

What some Wine Writers say about Marsanne

Flavourful and potentially very high-quality light-skinned Rhone variety with notable outposts in Australia and the US.

Jancis Robinson

Wine Grapes

With age ... a rich palate of honeysuckle and jasmine, acacia honey and perhaps a touch of apricot and quince.

Oz Clarke

Grapes and Wines

Well made Marsanne is a real treat and can be wonderful with food 

Evan Goldstein

Daring Pairings

Australian WIneries using Marsanne

  • All Saints Estate Rutherglen
  • Angullong Wines Orange
  • Ansted & Co Bendigo
  • Armstead Estate Heathcote
  • Barwon Ridge Wines Geelong
  • Beechtree Wines McLaren Vale
  • Ben Haines Wine Co Yarra Valley
  • Bird On A Wine Yarra Valley
  • Brumfield Yarra Valley
  • Bullers Calliope Rutherglen
  • Cape Horn Vineyard Goulburn Valley
  • Cape Jaffa Mount Benson
  • Cape Mentelle Margaret River
  • Chateau Tanunda Barossa Valley
  • Churchview Estate Margaret River
  • Cofield Wines Rutherglen
  • Collector Wines Canberra
  • Connor Park Bendigo
  • Coombe Farm Vineyard Yarra Valley
  • D'Arenberg McLaren Vale
  • Del Rios Geelong
  • Djinta Djinta Gippsland
  • Domenica Beechworth
  • Elderton Barossa Valley
  • Gilligan McLaren Vale
  • Goulburn Terrace Nagambie Lakes
  • Happs Margaret River
  • Heathcote Winery Heathcote
  • Heritage Estate Granite Belt
  • Hidden Creek Granite Belt
  • Honey Moon Vineyard Adelaide Hills
  • Jinks Creek Winery Gippsland
  • John Duval Wines Barossa Valley
  • Jones Winery and Vineyard Rutherglen
  • Keith Tulloch Wine Hunter Valley
  • Lark Hill Winery Canberra
  • Lillian Pemberton
  • Lindenton Wines Heathcote
  • Lino Ramble McLaren Vale
  • Little River Wines Swan Valley
  • McHenry Hohnen Margaret River
  • McIvor Estate Heathcote
  • McPherson Wines Nagambie Lakes
  • Meera Park Hunter Valley
  • Mitchelton Nagambie Lakes
  • Monument Vineyard Central Ranges Zone
  • Mount Burrumboot Estate Heathcote
  • Munari Heathcote
  • Murray Street Vineyard Barossa Valley
  • Oxenbury Beechworth
  • Petersons Glenesk Estate Mudgee
  • Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen
  • Piggs Peake Winery Hunter Valley
  • Pimpernel Vineyards Yarra Valley
  • Poachers Ridge Vineyards Mount Barker
  • Ravensworth Wines Canberra
  • Richard Hamilton Wines McLaren Vale
  • Rutherglen Estates Rutherglen
  • Silent Way Macedon Ranges
  • Smallfry Wines Barossa Valley
  • Spinifex Barossa Valley
  • Steinborner Family Vineyards Barossa Valley
  • Summit Estate Granite Belt
  • Tahbilk Nagambie Lakes
  • Tamburlaine Hunter Valley
  • Tarrawarra Estate Yarra Valley
  • Tawonga Vineyard Alpine Valleys
  • Tellurian Heathcote
  • Tempus Two Hunter Valley
  • The Story Wines Grampians
  • Torbreck Vintners Barossa Valley
  • Trifon Estate Goulburn valley
  • Turkey Flat Vineyards Barossa Valley
  • Valhalla Wines Rutherglen
  • Vinlea Beechworth
  • Wanted Man Heathcote
  • Warrabilla Wines Rutherglen
  • Warramunda Estate Yarra Valley
  • Witches Falls Winery Granite Belt
  • Wrattonbully Vineyards Wrattonbully
  • Yalumba Wine Company Eden Valley
  • Yarra Glen Yarra Valley
  • Yeringberg Yarra Valley

Marsanne and food

Marsanne is quite versatile in food pairing.  Lighter styles and younger wines are great on their own on a warm afternoon.

More robust and aged styles are best with food. They are suitable with richer seafood dishes, creamy based pasta sauces and chicken or veal dishes. Aged Marsanne could be used in any food pairing situation where the recommended wine is Chardonnay.

Evan Goldstein in Daring Pairings has plenty of recommendations and advice for food pairing with Marsanne including a recipe for Veal chops served with Aligot - a side dish prepared from mashed potato, Cantal cheese and white wine - Marsanne of course.

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