After recording this week’s episode of The Vincast wine podcast with Mario Marson, he gave me a bottle each of his Vinea Marson Sangiovese 2010 & 2011 vintages. Here are my impressions of the wines, and be sure to listen to the episode of The Vincast with Mario here.
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Mario Marson has worked in vineyards in Australia for many years, and has been a champion for high quality grapes making high quality wines. When he decided to plant his own vineyard, he chose to do so in the Victorian region of Heathcote, and he chose to plant some grape varieties that were close to his family heritage in Italy. His Vinea Marson wines were some of the first to show how high quality wines from alternative grapes could be achieved in Australia, and today are highly sought after by a market that is embracing difference.
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Having worked in the Yarra Valley you would think that I knew the region pretty well. Well think again! For one thing it’s not that easy to get out and see a lot of other stuff whilst working, particularly when you don’t even live in the region. For another thing, the Yarra Valley is probably one of Australia’s largest regions geographically, but at the same is disparate and quite sparsely planted. There are many areas that I am still yet to explore outside of the valley floor. The other thing is that the Yarra Valley is possibly one of Australia’s most dynamic regions for wine, constantly reinventing itself with new wineries and winemakers almost every year. For me the exciting thing about this is that it is also one of Australia’s oldest regions, and was the first to gain international recognition back in the 19th century. It was re-established in the 1970s after almost 100 years of ignominy and since then has continued to evolve and develop while maintaining its boutique image. My quest for the day was to visit producers who have only had their own brand for ten years or less but are turning heads for their style and expression that is challenging preconceptions both of the Yarra Valley and Australian wine.
2013 Prosecco Base Wine
Crisp and fresh but plenty of vibrant fruit. Needs a touch more bitey acid.
2013 Malvasia Istriana
Lovely bright sharp citrus pineapple guava. Freshness and texture, mouth filling and food-friendly.
2013 Pinot Bianco
A touch closed at the moment. Depth and weight, certainly not shy.
Looking a little reductive at the moment. But good structure.
Much more complete textural full wine.
Crunchy toast and marmalade.
Nice bitey tang, lots of quince, great with food.
2013 Rosé Sangiovese
Nice bright red fruits and raspberry. Nice and sharp and fresh
2013 Mudgee Clone Sangiovese
Fresh light balanced long and pretty.
2013 De Marchi Clone Sangiovese
Tighter and straighter.
2013 Grosso Brunello Clone
2013 Nebbiolo (little barbera)
Good wine, but far from classic of the variety.
2013 Nebbiolo (new clones)
Very tight bright and lifted. Linear and precise, lacking flesh.
Lifted floral structured finesse.
2013 Syrah Viognier
Sweet dark fruit fine long and elegant. Unrepentantly hands-off and simple approach.
Slighter bead but finer, linear precise refined style. Not friendly punter style, brisk and lean. More interesting.
A little shy and thin at the moment. Perhaps the vintage. Good freshness but a bit lacking. Very late savoury almond notes.
More lifted aromatics, floral but also mineralic. More depth and expression, ripeness and concentration. Taken to its logical conclusion.
Intensity life but very fresh and lithe. Pinpoint accuracy, a very different expression.
Lovely colour. Depth life and plenty of flavour but dry, fresh and a bit savoury. Just a hint of sweetness at the end.
Darker plummier cherry fruit. Soft unctuous and just a hint if fruit sweetness, still very fine and fresh.
Tight sweet dark fruit. Structure and depth, great tannins. Very young IMHO.
Purity elegance ethereal, lifted delicate expressive assured.