Marli Russell RP1
We have adopted a similar approach to the way we make our other white wines at Mount Mary. Barrel fermenting, lees stirring and relatively hard pressing give this wine great texture and depth of flavour. We choose to pick these varieties relatively early to avoid excessive viscosity which, can occur when these varieties are grown in warmer climates and picked riper. These varieties were initially intended for blending with the other 7 varieties planted however, we decided they had too much potential as a stand-alone white blend. The Clairette makes it’s debut in the 2016 RP1 which we feel contributes to an improved, more complex blend. We look forward to the evolution of this wine as our new vineyards develop some age and we continue to learn more about how these varieties grow at Mount Mary.