RM Wines One Off Gisborne Marsanne Viognier 2015

It’s not often we see a local interpretation of this famously versatile Rhone-style blend.  Pretty and golden in the glass and bursting with fig, flint, smoky stonefruit and smashed stones.  In the mouth there’s a lovely layer of citrus and white peach, just-ripe apricot and oh-so-subtle honeyed notes.  It’s a deliciously dry yet generously proportioned white wine that has classy complexity, a hint of phenolic grip and shows just how food-friendly this fully barrel-fermented blend can be.  Sourced from the famous Bell’s vineyard in Gisborne, the viognier has had a hint of creaminess from partial malolactic fermentation.  Delish and delovely. 4.5-star

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