2017 the surly muse

Grape Variety:  60% Viognier, 40% Marsanne

The surly muse reflects the technique of ageing 'surlie' (on lees) for an extended period, giving palate texture and phenolics. Combing the rich texture of Marsanne with the heady aromatics of Viognier gives a white blend with body and freshness.

Sub Region: Gomersal

Winemaking: Each year we take a parcel of Viognier from a South facing vineyard in the Gomersal sub-region. The red iron ridge soils are harsh and the area is dry so we pick it early to preserve the natural acidity. Around four weeks later we pick the Marsanne, the riper fruit adding rich and full fruit flavours. Cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks and ageing ‘surlie’ (on lees) in French oak barriques, we then bottle the wine unfiltered and release almost immediately.

The Wine: Pale gold in colour with bright green highlights. The nose displays aromas of apricots, honeysuckle, wild fennel and grapefruit. The palate is firm and restrained, with succulent tropical flavours that are matched with fresh acidity, a taught band of minerality and a creamy texture.

2016 the surly muse - 92 points
A blend of viognier and marsanne from a single vineyard in Gomersal, wild-fermented, part in barrel, part in tank. The marsanne gives some spine for the viognier, which in turn provides some flavour for the marsanne. Interesting wine, but needs time.
— James Halliday, 2018 Wine Companion