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Roussanne Marsanne - The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker)
A blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier, the 2013 The Steading Blanc is scented of apricots, honeysuckle, allspice and lanolin over an underlying yeastiness. Medium to full-bodied with a lovely creaminess that lends texture to the opulent fruit, it is invigorated by a lively line of acid and a long, spicy finish. Drink it now to 2016+.
: Now - 2016
A blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier, the 2012 Steading Blanc exudes pretty perfumed scents of frangipani, jasmine and white peach complemented by some poached pears and apple tart. Crisp, concentrated and satiny, this medium to fullbodied white is rich and spicy with notes of allspice in the long finish.
Blended of Roussanne Marsanne Viognier, 2010 The Steading Blanc presents aromas of nectarines, spiced apple slices, warm pears and allspice with a hint of orange blossom. Medium to full bodied with very good concentration, it is wonderfully silky in the mouth with just enough freshness from the crisp acidity and a long finish with some chalkiness coming through. It’s drinking well now and should continue to do so thought 2015.
Drink 2012 - 2015
Blended of 55% Roussanne, 35% Marsanne and 10% Viognier, Torbreck's 2009 Roussanne Marsanne Viognier offers a lovely peachy, floral nose with notes of frangipani, tropical fruit salad, guava and green mango plus a whiff of honey. Medium to full-bodied with a nice silky texture, good mid-palate and medium-high acid, the finish is long and yeasty. Drinking now, it should remain fresh to 2014.
Drink 2010 - 2014
The 2008 Viognier (50%)-Marsanne (40%)-Roussanne (10%) reveals a fragrant perfume of spring fl owers, mineral, honey, wax, and stone fruits. Ripe on the palate with spicy, savory fruit, it has considerable complexity and a lengthy, fruit-fi lled fi nish.
Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
The 2007 Roussanne-Marsanne was selected from numerous lots that received elevage in either stainless steel or neutral oak. Light gold-colored, it has a captivating bouquet of floral notes, honey, melon, roasted nuts, and tropical scents. On the palate it is ripe and round, smooth-textured and impeccably balanced. It might well evolve for several years in the style of Hermitage Blanc.
Torbreck, under the leadership of owner/winemaker David Powell, remains a Barossa Valley benchmark as well as one of the world’s leading wine estates.
The 2006 Roussanne-Marsanne (55% of the former, 45% of the latter) does a fine impersonation of a top-quality white Hermitage. The Roussanne was tank-fermented and aged while the Marsanne was barrel fermented in old oak using native yeasts where it remained until the two components were blended after 10 months. The wine is medium straw-colored with an enticing bouquet of mineral, wax, honeysuckle, citrus, and roasted nuts. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, ripe and round, while maintaining a certain elegant restraint in its seamless personality. This nicely crafted wine clearly has more nuances to reveal with additional bottle age but it can be enjoyed now with richly sauced shellfish. Torbreck also produces a small quantity of 100% Muscat Blanc in the style of a southern Rhone Muscat Beaumes de Venise. Torbreck, under the leadership of owner/winemaker David Powell, remains a Barossa Valley benchmark as well as one of the world’s greatest wine estates. The top cuvees are limited production and expensive but there are also some outstanding values in the portfolio. With regard to the current vintages for the Barossa red wines, David Powell states “2004 is more savory while 2005 has more purity and definition. 2004 is more classic, 2005 will take longer to come around.”
The 2005 Marsanne/Roussanne (65% and 35% respectively) is stunning. The Roussanne is aged in tank, and the Marsanne in neutral wood. The result is a white Hermitage look-alike from the Barossa. A crisp, elegant, honeyed nose reveals hints of wax, buttered citrus, roasted nuts, and a touch of fino sherry. In the mouth, orange zest and honeysuckle also emerge. Enjoy this terrific effort over the next 1-2 years.
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