Roussanne White Wine Variety

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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.

The Flavours of Roussanne


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.

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.

Wineries in Australia using the Roussanne Variety

All Saints Estate Rutherglen |
This page recently updated to include new wineries listed in
James Halliday's Wine Companion 2014
Ansted and Co Bendigo | Arlewood Estate Margaret River | Badgers Brook Yarra Valley Yarra Valley | Belgrave Park Winery South Coast Zone | Belgravia Vineyards Orange | Bellbrae Estate Geelong | Ben Haines Wine Co Yarra Valley | Bimbadgen Estate Hunter Valley | Box Grove Vineyard Nagambie Lakes | Brokenwood Wines Hunter Valley | Brown Brothers King Valley | Campbells Wines Rutherglen | Cape Mentelle Margaret River | Cascabel McLaren Vale | Catspaw Farm Granite Belt | Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen | Chapel Hill McLaren Vale | Chateau Pato Hunter Valley | Counterpoint Vineyard Pyrenees | Currency Creek Currency Creek | D'Arenberg McLaren Vale | Dalfaras Nagambie Lakes | Djinta Djinta Gippsland | Elderton Barossa Valley | Galvanized Wine Group McLaren Vale | Giaconda Beechworth | Gilligan McLaren Vale | Goona Warra Vineyard Sunbury | Growlers Gully Upper Goulburn | Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy McLaren Vale | Indigo Wine Company Beechworth | Jerusalem Hollow Margaret River | Jester Hill Wines Granite Belt | Jones Winery and Vineyard Rutherglen | Kabminye Wines Barossa Valley | Lillian Pemberton | Lowe Family Wines Mudgee | Massena Wines Barossa Valley | McHenry Hohnen Margaret River | McIvor Estate Heathcote | Michael Hall Wines Barossa Valley | Mitchelton Nagambie Lakes | Penny's Hill McLaren Vale | Quartz Hill Pyrenees | Richard Hamilton Wines McLaren Vale | Seppelt Great Western Grampians | Showblock Estate Southern Fleurieu | Snobs Creek Wines Upper Goulburn | Spinifex Barossa Valley | St Huberts Yarra Valley | Tahbilk Nagambie Lakes | Tallarook Wines Upper Goulburn | Tarrawarra Estate Yarra Valley | Terra Felix Upper Goulburn | The Story Wines Grampians | Torbreck Vintners Barossa Valley | Turkey Flat Vineyards Barossa Valley | Waterwheel Wines Bendigo | Westend Estate Riverina | Wood Park King Valley | Woop Woop Wines McLaren Vale | Yangarra Estate McLaren Vale | Yelland and Papps Barossa Valley | Yering Station Yarra Valley | Yeringberg Yarra Valley | Zonte's Footstep Langhorne Creek

Food Pairing with Roussanne Wines

Roussanne wines are typically moderate to full bodied so can be enjoyed with 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.

De long's wine grape varietal table

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