Marq Wines Petit Manseng 2016

Petit Manseng from Margaret River from one of the more creative producers from the region. Mark Warren is making inroads with these lesser sung varieties and a raft of alt-wines. This is a belter. Which makes me think… I don’t think I have seen a poor petit manseng in Australia, though that’s off a very low base. Good strike rate, let’s say. Wild ferment, 20% new oak, left on lees for its maturation in barrel.

A textural white wine of high drinkability and lots of personality. Scents of fresh and dried pear, sweet candle wax, faint blanched almond, honeysuckle flowers. The palate is sort of similar to bouquet, shows some richness and honey-kissed fruit sweetness, but the finish is decidedly savoury, nutty, and bolstered with some grapefruit-y acidity. That texture though… It’s a lovely, charismatic, wonderfully drinkable white, and it should mature well over a short period too. Kudos.


Tasted : DEC18
Alcohol : 13.4%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2025
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