Relish Roussanne

Roussanne is a richly complex, white grape variety indigenous to the Rhône Valley of France where it is one of only two white varieties allowed in the northern Rhône appellations of Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and Saint-Joseph.

In the southern Rhône appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape it is one of six white grapes permitted to be grown which also allows it to also be blended into red wines.

Our Relish Roussanne is lightly scented, with something akin to lime and blossoms,characterized by soft aromatics which includes notes of herbal tea and pear becoming more nutty as the wine ages.

The palate reveals rich, complex honeydew melon and light apricot flavors with a touch of mineral-citrus zest and a beautiful lingering finish.

It's unusual to find a pure Roussanne as the varietal is almost always blended into other wines to add more melon and mineral core, but Bill felt that Relish was wine enough to deserve its own label even though few wine drinkers could actually describe the characteristics of Roussanne. Australians like Bill allow themselves a wry smile at this because it is what's in the bottle that's important, not what's on the label.

Interestingly Roussanne can drink very well in the first three to four years and then enter a phase where the wine is closed aromatically until it reaches seven or eight years when it develops more complexity and depth so with the relatively low cost it may well be worth putting a case of Relish in the cellar for the next seven years.

Bill calls Relish his "lettuce wine" because it pairs so well with salad but it also pairs extremely well with crustaceans, i.e., shellfish such as crab and lobster. It is also delightful with cheese drizzled with olive oil and served on brioche toast. Try Relish with Indian or Thai yellow curry dishes or something a little exotic like lemon grass chicken.

Serve Relish chilled.