John Duval might be best known for his work with red grapes, but his Rhone-inspired white blend is no slouch. It’s lighter and fresher, finer than expected, but still delivers elements of each variety in the mesh. There’s a slickness to texture, spice nuance and a ripe fresh stone fruit profile in the mix. Wonderful balance too.
Marsanne 57%, Roussanne 30%, Viognier 13%
Barrosa Valley, Australia
Pale, almost colorless in the glass, this wine smells of golden apples and wet stones. In the mouth the wine has a moderate sweetness, with flavors of lemon and apple, and a hint of something woody, like a wet deck in the rain. A finish of grapes.
50% Pinot Gris, 45% Welsh Riesling, 5% Muscat Ottonel
Intense aromas of roses, rose oil and water, refreshing citrus aromas, strawberries and cherry character, light muscat, very subtle tannins give the wine character.
Attractive bouquet of grapefruit zest, over white blossom and fine herb spice. The palate displays juicy characters of fresh tropical fruit supported by elegant balance and a lingering aftertaste of ripe yellow peach.