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Cave de Tain Crozes-Hermitage Blanc Grand Classique

Country / Region: France
Vineyard: Cave de Tain
Varietal: Marsanne
Vintage: 2013

100% Marsanne from the Rhone Valley

The Northern Rhone is known as the ancestral home for two grapes- Syrah and Marsanne.  Where there are granite soils, Syrah is grown.  Where there is loess and alluvial soils, Marsanne.  As a grape it has the freshness of Sauvignon Blanc, the richness of  Chardonnay, the aromatics of Pinot Gris, and the minerality of Riesling.  

NZ climates don't suit Marsanne where it thrives in the hot and dry climate of the Northern Rhone, moderated by the cool Mistral winds.  While often blended with Rousanne, the 'Grand Classique' is 100% Marsanne, cool fermented without oak and matured on fine lees for texture.  

Pale gold in colour, nutty and oxidative aromas on the nose melding with yellow pear, bees wax and jasmine. Dry on the palate but not austere, hints of muskiness from bottle age with a chalky minerality on the finish. 

$32.00 down to just $18.00 on clearance until it runs out - not much left & won't be repeated.

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