Rutherglen Estates "The Alliance" Marsanne Viognier 2006
"The Alliance" is a blend of 70% Marsanne and 30% Viognier that is a perfect union of varieties that share a common heritage and show a natural affinity for each other. All the fruit is sourced from Rutherglen Estates hillside vineyards. Marsanne provides the fresh, fruity and citrus backbone of the wine, with Viognier adding richness and intensity to both the palate and the nose. Lemon butter, flint and mineral notes are complemented by white blossom and honeysuckle, and some apricot kernel characters. A delicious wine with great freshness, aromatic strength and length of flavor.
The Rutherglen region is located in the North East Victorian zone of Australia, approximately 280km from Melbourne. An area steeped in history, vines came to Rutherglen with the gold rush of the 1850s. When the rest of Victoria went into a decline in the face of the move to fortified wine production, the north-east came into its own, notwithstanding the onslaught of phylloxera around the turn of the century. The climate is warm and dry, with good rainfall during the growing season. These conditions create rich, ripe, indulgent wines, with fine varietal flavors and elegance.