In a nutshell: A sun drenched South Australian white packed with ripe, fleshy flavours.
The lowdown: Roussane, which originates from Southern France, seems to really love the warmth of the McLaren Vale in Southern Australia. Legendary winemaker Chester Osbourne has crafted a full bodied, luscious, ripe, fruit driven wine that retains a remarkable degree of freshness. There is no oak here to get in the way of the fruit, just lashings of peach, apricot, nectarine, honeysuckle and ginger spice, leading to a lively, refreshing, citrus infused finish.
When to drink: Exotic, rich and complex, there's a lot going on here. Matches well to meaty white fish like halibut.
Founded in 1912 by Joseph Osborn d'Arenberg have remained a family business ever since. Currently the business is under the guidance of d'Arry Osborn, the family patriach who celebrated his 90th birthday in 2016 and is still involved with business operations, and his son Chester who has been chief winemaker since 1984. The winery can be found just south of Adelaide in the wine producing heartland of McLaren Vale.
Undoubtedly one of Australia's most prominent quality wineries they have an extensive portfolio of wines, probably the best known of which are their 'icon' reds. Under Chester Osborn's reins they've most definitely kept up to speed with the 21st century from a marketing point view and at the same time keeping to the winemaking standards established over the preceding decades.
Their dedication to sustainable vineyard practices which maintain a balance between productivity and low environmental impact saw all the vineyards they own and lease being certified organic in 2015 which was followed the next year by Biodynamic certification across the whole estate. Throughout all of this their commitment to producing top quality wines is amply demonstrated by the continuing string of awards they garrner from around the world.