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Rhone whites to try: viognier and marsanne

By Halliday Promotion

Viognier and marsanne are medium-bodied wines characterised by their aromatics and texture. Drink them with good food and great friends.

    The white varieties of France’s Rhone Valley were once a rarity among Australian producers, but their complexity and aptitude for food pairing is seeing their popularity rise. Try these.

  • 2018 Sutton Grange Estate Viognier

  • The pinnacle expression of viognier in the Sutton Grange range, this wine encapsulates the purity of a single-varietal Rhone white. Pale-straw in colour with light hues of green, expect a medium body with aromas of white flowers, jasmine, cashew butter and citrus rind.

    RRP $50 | 2022 | Sutton Grange

  • 2017 Indigo Vineyard Secret Village Viognier

  • The grapes of Indigo Vineyard’s 2017 Viognier have undergone wild yeast barrel fermentation and maturation in older French oak. The result is a varietal viognier with a lovely freshness and just a hint of apricot. The wine retains its voluptuous phenolics without overpowering.  

    RRP $35 | 2023 | Indigo Vineyard


  • 2018 Tim Smith Wines Eden Valley Viognier

  • Winemaker Tim Smith describes this wine as having classic viognier characteristics – aromatic with a nose of nectarine and white peach. As is also typical of the variety, it has a highly textural and unctuous palate that gives way to a soft, acid finish.

    RRP $30 | 2024 | Tim Smith Wines

  • 2019 Tahbilk Marsanne

  • Tahbilk’s 2019 marsanne is both intense and lifted. Scents of bright jasmine and lemon are notable, with a juicy palate of tropical and citrus fruits underscored by a taut minerality. With cellaring, this wine will develop toasty marmalade and honeyed traits.

    RRP $19.70 | 2029 | Tahbilk

    *This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.