shelley's white wine marsanne viognier roussanne

2017

Shelley’s Block

Per Bottle
$19.00
Case Of 6
$114.00

This blend is a great all rounder that suits most meals, but particularly loves white meat, salads and Asian fare. Try sticky pork, Chinese cabbage and cashew stir-fry, or a classic caesar salad topped with shredded smoked chicken.

Will cellar well for 2 years and is drinking well now.

 
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Vintage Conditions

Rutherglen Estates 2017 vintage finished 4-6 weeks later than the 2016 vintage due to it being a “favourable” growing season. 2016’s wet winter delayed budburst, and when spring arrived the rains continued well into October. The result of the rains and mild temperatures meant there was decreased frost pressure and therefore higher disease pressure within the vineyards, which was managed perfectly by our head viticulturalist, Matthew Partridge and his vineyard team who delivered healthy, very high quality fruit. The vine development through flowering, fruit set and veraison was long and slow. With February the rain dried out and finally the summer sun kicked in, which allowed consistent ripening. Gradually the sugar, colour and acidity developed in perfect harmony. The 2017 vintage in Rutherglen will produce excellent results for both white and red wines. Bright vibrant fruit characters in the whites, very structured red wines with dark fruit characters, interesting tannin profiles and good length are some of the general features of this year’s vintage.

Tasting Notes

We have named our Shelley’s Block blend after one of the region’s original vigneron families. The Shelley family’s original 1880’s vineyard site today provides all of the grapes for this Viognier Roussanne Marsanne blend. This blend displays the perfect affinity these varieties have for each other. The fruit intensity of the Viognier is well balanced by the Roussanne’s length of flavour and the fresh citrus backbone of the Marsanne. Careful barrel maturation has produced a textural wine, with great freshness, aromatics and length of flavour. While designed to be enjoyed while young and fresh, the characteristics of the varieties allow the development of added texture and palate richness as the wine ages in the bottle.

Winemaking

The Marsanne and the Viognier are harvested in batches, at various levels of ripeness, to maximise the range of varietal flavours and characters. Early-harvested Marsanne delivers citrus and lemon butter notes, while the later picked grapes contribute hints of honeysuckle on the palate. Viognier is a typically rich variety but when picked early displays delicate floral and tropical fruit note and maintains elegance. The Roussanne adds structure and texture to the blend.
Each variety is fermented separately at cool temperatures and 49% was fermented in tank with no oak contact. The remaining 51% was fermented in barrels with wild yeast, which adds complexity to this classic Rhone blend. There was 12% new oak and 25% older oak.The blending of unoaked and oaked wine adds a great balance between fresh intensity and complex toasty notes.

Wine Detail & Analysis

Variety: 66% Marsanne, 24% Viognier, 10% Viognier
Region: Rutherglen, North East Victoria
Harvest date: Feb/March 2017
Release date: October, 2018
Alcohol: 13.73%
Oak treatment: French hogsheads and puncheons varying from new to three years old.
Total acid: 6.9g/L
pH: 3.36
Residual sugar: Dry


Additional Information

Weight 0.75 kg
Dimensions 10 x 10 x 35 cm
Quantity

x Case 6, Per Bottle, Case of 3, Case of 6, Case of 12, Case of 24