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iNwine Wednesday: Road 13 Marsanne

Note the dachshund on the label!  A tribute to former owners and their two dogs.
Note the dachshund on the label! A tribute to former owners and their two dogs.

Marsanne is a white wine grape variety that originates in the Rhône Valley in France and is perhaps best known for its role in the celebrated whites of Hermitage. There are a few examples of this varietal being grown here in B.C. but Road 13 in Oliver makes the most notable. 

Road 13 changed hands a couple of years ago, but the branding stays in tact. Motto here is it's "all about the dirt", a mantra to terroir driven winemaking. The winery is located on the famed Golden Mile Bench and seated wine tasting experiences are available. 

Here are some wine geek notes on the vintage: The 2018 growing season got off to a great start but in mid-July smoke from fires in the Pacific Northwest blocked much of the sunlight which slowed down ripening dramatically. This resulted in wines with lower alcohol levels, ripe fruit flavours and balanced acidity.

2018 Road 13 Marsanne $25.99     

Fresh tropical fruit salad, guava, and passionfruit on the nose with light notes of pastry and a hint of ripe pineapple. This tropical aromatics are followed by fresh guava, pineapple, and passionfruit on the palate. This medium-bodied white wine is loaded with juicy tropical fruit on the mid-palate, balanced acidity, and light flavours of creamy honey appear on the finish.

Pair with: Pork loin roast with roasted vegetables. Roast chicken with a tarragon cream sauce. Corn chowder. Moroccan tagine.


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