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Wine of the Week from Michael Cooper for SV Marsanne
4.5 Stars for our SV Marsanne from Michael Cooper in the latest Listener! He's rated "Allison" his Wine of the Week and says "...a fleshy, vibrantly fruity wine, with strong, ripe, citrusy, peachy flavours, lively but not high acidity and a fully dry finish. It's a great début for this powerful, poised wine, full of youthful vigour."
The Marsanne is picking up plenty of attention with recent top reviews by a string of wine writer in the press and on the radio. Originally from the Rhone Valley in France, Marsanne is one of the stunning new styles grown by Doug and Delwyn Bell for Coopers Creek in Gisborne, along with Albarino, Arnies and Viognier. Wine writer Joelle Thompson review the Marsanne and Albarino in her recent Dominion Post column:
Why "Allison" as the wine's nickname? For over a decade now, Doug has been steadily re-building the Allison manufactured engine from a WW2 Kittyhawk fighter plane; according to his wife Delwyn it gets almost as much attention as she does. Given Marsanne is an especially demanding grape in the vineyard, "Allison" was the perfect monicker for this wonderful new wine.