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2016 Michael Hall Barossa Valley Roussanne 2016

2016 Michael Hall Barossa Valley Roussanne 2016

This variety performs exceptionally well where grown in Aus, bridling an ample viscosity with an undercurrent of mineral twine. This is no exception, brimming with stone fruit notes, Jasmine, roasted nuts and assorted herb defined by a creamy kernel imparted by partial mlf, barrel fermentation and maturation (9 months) and wild yeast nourishment. A powerful wine of compelling texture and a precision that belies its heft.
95 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion

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  • After leaving the jewellery trade in Europe, Michael Hall washed up on Aussie shores and launched himself into the world of wine. Although he sources his fruit from Barossa, Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills, his wines have a distinctly European feel to them, showcasing elegance and finesse, rather than power and grunt.

    The 2016 Roussanne is a delight - spicy melon fruits, with grassy notes, clear acidity, and smoky barrel tones. It's so rare to find a straight Roussanne produced in Australia, let alone one of this quality. A wine for those who like to detour from the well-worn path.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The Roussanne grape owes its name to the reddish or russet bloom it develops on its skin as it reaches full maturity. This grape is late ripening and ideally suited to the Barossa climate. Handpicked on 22 February 2016, destemmed and pressed, wild yeast barrel fermented, no malolactic, nine months in French oak barriques (Damy), 24% new, racked to tank, fined and filtered.

    TASTING NOTES

    A classic Rhone variety, beautifully interpreted here by Michael Hall. Aromas of chamomile and cut hay, with a savoury, smokiness too. The palate is delicate and poised, showing elegance and restraint, and culminating in a long, lingering finish. Excellent.

  • REVIEWS

    'Hand-picked, destemmed, pressed, wild yeast barrel-fermented, 25% mlf, matured for 9 months in French (Damy) oak. Michael Hall can do anything, it seems, persuading this normally reticent variety to mix spice, pepper and lemon pith on the spunky palate.'
    90 Points - James Halliday