Getting skin contact/orange wines right is harder than you think. Phenolics, minimal filtration, minimal additions. Many things that can go wrong, and then you need someone to understand the style. It’s enough to drive you up the wall.
This is Upper Yarra Marsanne which is unique in itself. All whole bunches and the juice spends 10 days on skins with zero additions, the wine then matured in barrel where it goes through full malo. It looks like Fanta too, but it’s more like tangy orange juice. Surprisingly there is a real freshness and energy here – sure it’s very tannic, but clean, with minimal volatility and this sense of joyous mandarin/orange peel and apricot ripe fruit driving the palate. Enjoyable drink and interesting – good work Stu.
Best drinking: nowish. 17.7/20, 92/100. 12.5%, $28. Alkimi website. Would I buy it? I’d share a bottle.