Revelation in a Glass-Marsanne Kew Vineyards
Marsanne is one of the grapes along with Roussanne and Viognier that is part of the blend that makes up the great white wines of the Southern Rhone.
I previously posted that my go-to house white at home is a version of this blend made by Guigal. At a celebratory restaurant dinner for my son Sam’s 23rd birthday a few weeks back I could not resist the temptation of trying a wine that you not only rarely see on a wine list and never offered by the glass. What made the temptation even more irresistible was that the wine was made in Niagara!
The only other solo Marsanne I had tasted was from Australia (Very different growing conditions) Long story short-the wine did not disappoint.
Flavours of white peach, spiced pear, rich with nutty honey overtones.
By the way -The restaurant in Toronto near China Town …
Great food Brilliant little Wine list-Reasonable prices
Later that evening I found that the process of researching the story of the creation of that wine was equal to my pleasurable quaffing experience.
The wine from Kew Vineyards was made by Phillip Dowell-a migrant winemaker from Australia who started his Canadian career at Inniskillin and has been the winemaker at Angel’s Gate since 2007. (Should have known) it would take a transplanted Aussie to have the moxie to try growing Marsanne in the cool climate terroir of Niagara.
Next day to cap it off I found exactly one bottle left at the LCBO beside the St Lawrence Market across the street from my parent’s condo.
A serendipitous wine adventure came full circle!