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Roussanne White Wine Variety

Roussanne wines are often described as more elegant than those of its better known cousin Marsanne.

However in the vineyard the variety is less popular because of its lack of hardiness and susceptibility to powdery mildew.

In his book Grapes & Wines Oz Clarke likens the aromas of Roussanne to those of herbal tea and pears.

With age the floral notes in the aroma are replaced with more complex characters. Like its sister variety Marsanne this variety ages very well, if you give it five or even ten years bottle age.

In Australia this variety is made into varietal wines, but it is more often blended with Marsanne, or occasionally in a three way blend with Viognier.

The historic Yerringberg in the Yarra Valley makes outstanding varietal wine from Roussanne. It needs extended bottle age.

In the Northern Rhone the variety is used in blends with Marsanne to make white Hermitage wines, it is also used as a component of the red wines of Chateauneuf du Pape.

Roussanne is becoming increasingly popular in several other regions of Southern France including Provence and the Languedoc and Roussillon wine regions.

It is also a favourite variety among the 'Rhone Rangers' of California, and there are some plantings in Northern Italy.

Roussanne In Australia

These wineries use the Roussanne variety. Some make a varietal Roussanne, others blend it with the other Rhone white varieties Marsanne and/or Viognier

prize winning Roussannes

At the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS) in 2016 these wines won medals 

  • 2016 St Huberts  - Silver
  • 2015 St Huberts  - Bronze
  • All Saints Estate Rutherglen
  • Ansted & Co Bendigo
  • Ben Haines Wine Co Yarra Valley
  • Box Grove Vineyard Nagambie Lakes
  • Brokenwood Wines Hunter Valley
  • Brown Brothers King Valley
  • Calabria Family Wines Riverina
  • Campbells Wines Rutherglen
  • Cape Mentelle Margaret River
  • Castagna Vineyard Beechworth
  • Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen
  • Chapel Hill McLaren Vale
  • Chateau Tanunda Barossa Valley
  • Collector Wines Canberra
  • Currency Creek Currency Creek
  • D'Arenberg McLaren Vale
  • Djinta Djinta Gippsland
  • Domenica Beechworth
  • Elderton Barossa Valley
  • Giaconda Beechworth
  • Gilligan McLaren Vale
  • Goona Warra Vineyard Sunbury
  • Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy McLaren Vale
  • Indigo Wine Company Beechworth
  • Jamsheed Beechworth
  • Jester Hill Wines Granite Belt
  • John Duval Wines Barossa Valley
  • Jones Winery and Vineyard Rutherglen
  • Kabminye Wines Barossa Valley
  • Keith Tulloch Wine Hunter Valley
  • Lark Hill Winery Canberra
  • Lillian Pemberton
  • Lino Ramble McLaren Vale
  • Lobethal Road Wines Adelaide Hills
  • Lowe Family Wines Mudgee
  • Massena Wines Barossa Valley
  • McHenry Hohnen Margaret River
  • McIvor Estate Heathcote
  • Michael Hall Wines Barossa Valley
  • Mitchelton Nagambie Lakes
  • Oxenbury Beechworth
  • Quarry Hill Wines Canberra
  • Ravensworth Wines Canberra
  • Richard Hamilton Wines McLaren Vale
  • Smallfry Wines Barossa Valley
  • Spinifex Barossa Valley
  • St Huberts Yarra Valley
  • Tahbilk Nagambie Lakes
  • Tarrawarra Estate Yarra Valley
  • The Story Wines Grampians
  • Torbreck Vintners Barossa Valley
  • Turkey Flat Vineyards Barossa Valley
  • Valhalla Wines Rutherglen
  • Vinlea Beechworth
  • Wanted Man Heathcote
  • Waterwheel Wines Bendigo
  • Wood Park King Valley
  • Yangarra Estate McLaren Vale
  • Yelland and Papps Barossa Valley
  • Yeringberg Yarra Valley
  • Zonte's Footstep Langhorne Creek

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Roussanne and food

Roussanne wines are typically moderate to full bodied so can be enjoyed with richer seafood dishes such as crab, lobster and scallops

You can also try these wines with roast chicken or turkey, just as you would pair a Chardonnay. 

An aged Roussanne would be enhanced with a cheese board with some hard cheese, an aromatic soft cheese and a generous dab of quince paste.

You can find many more suggestions for food pairing with Roussanne in Evan Goldstein's Daring Pairings book.

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