This Honeypot Roussanne was made entirely from Helen and Mark O’Brien’s remarkable vineyard. Whole bunches of hand tended and hand harvested Roussanne was picked in the cool of early morning then gentled crushed then the free run juice was fermented in a stainless steel tank and bottled a few months later under screw cap to ensure the wine is just as our vineyard produced and winemaker intended.
Luminous and bright with roussanne’s characteristic pale golden colour, this native to the Rhone Valley maintains its accent in the Barossa, but quietly so.
Aromas of honeysuckle, lantana, guava, fresh flowers, green herbs and nuts all breeze by. The taste is long and textural, with just enough grip and just enough viscosity to help the wine marry well with a wide range of foods.
The wine’s early-morning picking and the luncheon-like alcohol of 11.5% does much to refine and elocute this honest, handsome, lady-grape. After all, it does not deny its southern French origins and so a comparison of the masculine and the feminine can not not exist.
Culture, language and wine combine in this refreshingly conversational roussanne, which “by slow prudence might make mild a rugged people…”
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