Who said that in the Game of Rhones that the only colour was blood red…..
Tahbilk 2014 Roussanne Marsanne Viognier ($27)
Nagambie Lakes is a hot spot for Australian versions of Rhonish whites, of which Tahbilk has to be considered a champion, as in both a leader and a promoter. And of Marsanne in particular. These three white varieties are natural companions and result in a well structured, perfumed medium to fuller bodied wine that will perfectly suit a main of white meat or just to enjoy sitting around with friends. The blend this vintage is 46% Roussanne, 32% Marsanne and 22% Viognier.
The 2014 has perhaps a little more minerally slate to the hedonistic orange blossom and rose, apricot stone fruit and citrus nose and palate than the 2013. It does however retain the curvaceous soft, silky, fleshy texture of past vintages and a fullness that has been enhanced by the Roussanne spending six months in oak. Keeping the majority of the blend in stainless steel has kept the palate fresh and creamy rather than becoming in anyway overtly oily.
I have witnessed these blends be enthusiastically welcomed by Sauvignon Blanc drinkers, Chardonnay, Riesling and light red drinkers alike. So if you are looking for a wine to serve for summer – it is very hard to go past this one.
Best’s have long been producers of fine Riesling in a style of their own. Riper, lusher than the more lemon/lime driven Clare Valley Rieslings. Often with a little balancing sugar to soften the austerity that often drives Australian Rieslings. Only a little however (9g/L), and this sweetness is impeccably balanced across the palate.
It is a pretty one with a rose petal flourish to the opulent tropical notes and varietal citrus. The finish in the mouth has an intense lime zest lift. This is a Riesling of texture and line and is a cellar candidate if you can resist it long it enough. If you cannot, then just enjoy it young and fresh…..