Roussanne 2016 Limited Release
Pale straw with a light green hue. A restrained and fine nose of lime peel, pears and herbal tea. Barrel fermentation adds depth with hints of roasted cashews. The palate is crisp and fine with characters of pears, dried herbs, white pepper and a little spice. An excellent vintage has produced a wine with intense varietal fruit and a firm acid backbone. Time on lees has provided texture and integration on the mid palate before a lingering finish.
Fruit was harvested in mid February and partially fermented in French oak puncheons. The wine spent a further nine months in oak prior to bottling.
Roussanne is a wine of subtlety and finesse and requires a sensitive hand in both the vineyard and winery. Whilst enjoyable as a young wine, we believe the wine has the necessary components to improve in bottle over the coming 3-4 years. A perfect match with cured kingfish and sashimi selection.
"Roussanne is a late ripening Rhone variety that produces elegant, delicately scented wines with texture and depth of fruit flavour a feature. Rutherglen’s long, dry, autumn climate enables our grapes to reach full levels of maturity and flavour resulting in wines of great finesse." Colin Campbell