Let’s be honest. Aren’t we all flying blind when it comes to the white varieties from the Rhône as expressed under local conditions? There’s something about them that appeals but I really couldn’t articulate in any great detail what constitutes a great Grenache Blanc or Roussanne.
Last night the Roussanne 2010 from Mischa in Wellington. I first encountered this wine two years ago when tasting it for Platter’s 2012 and settled on a rating of 4 Stars. If anything, it’s better now.
Less primary fruit, more complexity. Yeasty, nutty, earthy, spicy, even salty flavours to go with a vague impression of stone fruit. Thick-textured in a good way – great mid- and side-palate – but also zesty acidity. A really interesting bottle of wine. These Rhône varieties are being planted more and more and while I’m not sure where this is all heading, I’ll be along for the ride.