April 29, 2024

Blue Pyrenees White Field Blend  

Who makes it? 

Blue Pyrenees White Field Blend is well worth seeking out.  Blue Pyrenees is responsible for putting the Pyrenees, Australia region on the wine map. The Victorian region is sandwiched between the Bendigo and Grampians regions. Other notables are Taltarni, Mount Avoca and Dalwhinnie. Blue Pyrenees has an interesting history in that it was once owned by French giant, Remy Martin who restarted the region’s wine journey. Of course, they called it Chateau Remy and the first vines were Ugni Blanc. Ugni Blanc is a major grape variety used in making Cognac. The winery manager at the time did plant other varieties, and the rest is history.  

Since 2019, Blue Pyrenees has been family owned. The Richmond-Smith family has returned the estate to Victorian ownership.  

How do they make it? 

The state of Victoria, Australia is a great source for these French Rhone white blends. This one says on the label that it is a ‘White Field Blend’. It is not, however, vinified as a field blend. Each batch of Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne is vinified separately. After fermenting, the Roussanne and Marsanne undergoes battonage for a couple of months. Whereas, the Viognier ferments and then spends a two months in French oak. 

What does it taste like? 

The White Field Blend is a fuller bodied dry white. The perfumed stonefruit and grapefruit citrus is spiced with ginger while it has a distinct stony minerality that pulls it all together. It is fruit led by minerality and then in the mouth the lingering note of lemon balm, pear and grapefruit. There is a textural fleshiness to the fruit that rounds it out. This is delicious. With a few years in the cellar, this will develop some graceful maturity.  

What to drink it with? 

I would recommend that you enjoy this wine with seafood, chicken and vegetarian dishes. Chicken and leek pie or a scallop and asparagus risotto, or an asparagus mornay crepe. Or a chicken kiev. 

  Cheese 

A fresh cheese such as feta or a apricot flavoured cream cheese would be great. On the other hand, a white bloomy cheese will be tasty too.  

Quickie review « A great alternative to the usual suspects, this white Rhonish blend is textural and fresh. » 

Country of Origin:  Pyrenees, Australia 
Tasting Date: January 2024 
Price:  AU$37 | £ 
Drink: now – 5+ years  
Needs food: no 
Source: tasting 

Visit bluepyrenees for more. 

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