Marsanne is the most widely planted white grape in Northern Rhone, but is a rare find with it only taking up roots in three other countries, Australia, America and Switzerland. What you may not realise is that Australia’s Tahbilk holds the largest and oldest single holding of the variety in the world. Although you won’t find a lot of this variety sitting on the shelves at your local bottle shops, it’s growing in popularity and is slowly building a name for itself in Australia.
You will often find Marsanne blended with Rousanne, but it is the Marsanne that adds character and depth to this richly coloured wine. This wine has flavours of honeydew melon, spice, nuts, pears and a silky exotic mouthfeel.
Marsanne is made for your wine cellar and will improve distinctly over time. While not many of today’s white wines are made to stand the test of time, Marsanne has a special place in your cellar right beside your Chardonnay and Riesling.