Yangarra Estate Rousanne 2013
Rousanne is a bit of a fave of mine. But, it’s not a variety I find many Australian wine drinkers really know about. It’s one of those fabulous Frenchy whites from the Rhone Valley region that we’ve adopted here in Oz and are trying our darndest to replicate. The kind that are elusive, savoury (rather than overly fruity) and with more texture than a Country Women’s Association crochet convention.
Praise be to Yangarra Estate who, from the very-far-from-France area of McLaren Vale are doing a stellar job bringing this variety to our tables. This 2013 example is exceptional.
The closest analogy for what this Rousanne tastes like is fresh peach iced tea with a hazelnut twist. But thicker. And less confusing. It’s definitely got body – it’s a ‘big white’, so be ready for it. The full mouth feel is warm and lingering and, along with the delicate perfume and mix of fruit and savoury, ensures this wine will be a perfect pairing for rich and creamy foods.
Rousanne is a food wine – that is, it tastes even better when paired with food – and really comes alive when matched with ripe, creamy cheese like a washed rind or camembert, or with marinated roast chicken.
Available from: www.Yangarra.com