Posted on March 21st, 2008
More on Marsanne?
From the wineaustralia website,
Tahbilk’s history with Marsanne can be traced back to the 1860s with the sourcing of White Hermitage cuttings from the St Hubert vineyard. The grape in fact was Marsanne and although none of these plantings have survived, Tahbilk still produces Marsanne from plantings dating back to 1927, some of the oldest in the world. Marsanne has immense individuality of flavour, good body and well worth trying if you want something different. A long and distinguished pedigree for this wine throughout the vintages, having claimed four trophies and twenty-five gold.
Having barely scraped through the ravages of phylloxera, and trying times for the industry, the fortunes of the Tahbilk estate were turned around by Eric Purbrick who was the first to market bottled Australian wine under its varietal name. One of the world’s rarest grape varieties with its origins in the Northern Rhone and Hermitage regions of France, it is grown in only three other countries with Tahbilk having the largest, single holding of Marsanne in the world. Tahbilk Marsanne enjoys a dedicated worldwide following due to its marvellous character and complexity and ability to team wonderfully with foods at all stages of the wine’s development