Torbreck “The Steading Blanc” Roussanne Marsanne Viognier 2009

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photoWhite Rhone varieties have the potential for truly outstanding wine. This potential is not restricted to the Rhone valley. Sadly these grapes remain unfairly maligned.

Torbreck is a producer from the Barossa much loved by US critics and known for sophisticated and very expensive Rhone styled wines with a unique Barossa flare made from very old vine fruit (most over 100 years old).

This blend of 55% Roussanne, 25% Marsanne and 20% Viognier is made with fruit from The Descendent vineyard, planted on its own roots in 1994.

I can only assume this is a wildly underappreciated wine in Torbreck’s stable, at least in BC where I was able to buy the wine on discount. This is fleshy, textural wine that is perfectly varietal. It retains enough acidity to prevent dullness and to lift the floral, nut and honey aromas considerably. Indeed, the addition of the Viognier makes this far more aromatic than a straight Marsanne/Roussanne blend. It paired wonderfully with fennel pollen dusted pork chops.

$45 on sale at Marquis Wine Cellars (~$60 regular price)


  1. David J Cooper
    November 26, 2014

    Nice note. Screw cap or cork.

  2. Shea
    November 26, 2014


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