Monday, 24 October 2011

Summit Estate The Pinnacle White 2010

Summit Estate is a Queensland winery on the Granite Belt which has 17 hectares of fruit. Some most intriguing wine blends are thrown together here. On first inspection one can't help but to raise the eyebrows, but the blending has been done very well and all blends work seamlessly. The wine maker is of Argentine decent and learnt the craft in Spain, and she brings a vast array of experiences and knowledge which are show cased in her work.

This wine is a blend of three varieties - Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. It's not a common blend seen here in Australia, but is a common blend particularly in France. This example shows the fruit all comes together nicely to create a wine which tantalises the senses.

Marsanne usually plays second fiddle to viognier in many French blends but not in this case, and the reverse works well.

Barrel fermented, the oak influence is obvious on the nose. Toasty characteristics present on a dense, rounded palate along with a nutty persistence. Fruit is full and firm with a long lingering finish.