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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.
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 2017 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.
Flavourful and potentially very high-quality light-skinned Rhone variety with notable outposts in Australia and the US.
With age ... a rich palate of honeysuckle and jasmine, acacia honey and perhaps a touch of apricot and quince.
Well made Marsanne is a real treat and can be wonderful with food
At the 2021 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show one gold, three silver and three bronze medals were won by a total of 10 entries. The gold medals was won by Tahbilk 2015 "1927 Vines" Marsanne.
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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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