Mischa Roussanne 2010
By Christian Eedes, 29 August 2013
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.