Over the weekend I bought two different Marsanne’s to try and compare, the two I picked up were Paul Mas Marsanne from France 2011 and Tahbilk Marsanne 2010 from the NagambieLakes in Victoria.
The appearance of both was quite similar, with a pale straw colour, although the Paul Mas seemed to be the lighter of the two.
The aroma on the Paul Mas had medium to strong passionfruit and stone fruit notes. The Tahbilk had strong mineral scents, with a delicious honey and peach.
The palate of the Paul Mas seemed to be lighter with a young structure and short length. There was a sweeter aftertaste compared to the Tahbilk. I found the lemon zest and acidity of the Tahbilk and the longer length made the wine a lovely accompaniment to the Asian dish we had for dinner.
Overall I definitely enjoyed the Tahbilk more, I think my preference for reds definitely came through and I preferred the extra body and strength the Tahbilk comparatively had.
After I was done tasting both I did a little research into Marsanne, and I came across a few different articles about how great the Tahbilk Marsanne ages so I’ll definitely be buying a case to set aside for five or so years as aged whites are a definite favourite of mine, and it’s hard to find varieties made to age.
I would highly recommend buying the Tahbilk the next time you’re after a white!