2017 Roussanne - Museum Release *

In 2003 we began the journey with this relatively obscure variety originating in the Rhone Valley in France, where it is known for its savoury flavours, textural palate and rewards in the cellar.

We first produced this wine in 2007, making this special Museum Release from the 2017 vintage the 10th anniversary of making a Roussanne at Yangarra Estate. 



The 2017 growing season was one of the coldest on record. The grapes were picked on the 23rd March (fruit day), yielding approximately 10 tonnes per hectare. As much as we pick on sugar/acid balance, and even more importantly physiological characters, we also consider the biodynamic calendar where possible, with fruit days and flower days being the most desirable picking days, with root days avoided.


The grapes were hand-picked and carefully basket pressed, with only 60% of the extractable juice used to eliminate any potential broadness. No sulphur was added, and the juice was transferred to French oak barriques (10% New) without any settling or fining, where it underwent wild yeast fermentation. The wine was matured for 7 months, stirred monthly with the lees retained. No fining occured, just filtration.

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