This is my third Marsanne release from the Warramunda Vineyard, after the first release in 2011 (2013 was not released).
Vintage 2014 for the Yarra Valley was“high-quality, low quantity”. Good winter and spring rainfall contributed to an even and healthy budburst in September. After negotiating some frost pressure on new green shoots early in October, the cold, wet conditions continued throughout the flowering period of November and in to December, with below average maximum temperatures, along with persistent wind and gloomy skies. This led to challenging challenges with flowering and fruit set resulting in lower than average yields. The welcome warmth returned in January and continued throughout the rest of vintage with near perfect ripening conditions.
The rains also subsided throughout January, February and March – the heart of the Yarra Valley vintage. This, combined with warm days and moderately cool nights and mornings led to stunning flavor development and balance for Syrah.
The Warramunda Vineyard in Coldstream backs up towards Gruyere with 360-degree views of the valley, the mountains and beyond. The Marsanne block sits at the peak of the hill – the front yard of a grand contemporary house.
The soils of the Warramunda Vineyard are duplex, mountain-derived clays, with sandstone and mudstone making up the subsoil horizon covered over with loam.
Variety: 100% Marsanne
Clone: N/E Vic Selection
Year Planted: 2001
Hand-picked & whole bunch pressed
Cool barrel ferment (including solids) for 6 months, 100% natural yeast
10% new French oak, remainder 1-5 yr old
10% malo-lactic, no after conclusion of fermentation
13 months on lees undisturbed
8 months bottle maturation