Marienberg of McLaren Vale
The Marienberg winery is located in McLaren Vale, a gloriously picturesque wine growing region only one hour drive south of Adelaide. At the Trumpet in Jazz we were shown two whites and two reds by Melissa Stevenson. These were:
- A crisp 1999 sauvignon bl
anc, semillon blend, with hints of citrus on the palate, enjoyed chilled while still young.
- A 1999 unoaked chardonnay, a style which is becoming more popular in Australia as people tire of the traditional oaked style. This wine shows hints of peach and tropical fruit. It is a full flavoured wine that does not disappoint on the palate.
- A 1998 vintage cabernet mouvedre grenache. All these grape varieties grow well in McLaren Vale. This is a medium bodied style, the mouvedre giving the wine a silky, velvety characteristic.
- A 1997 vintage Reserve Shiraz. These reserve wines are made from the pick of the fruit and held back longer on oak and in bottle. A full bodied wine with the shiraz characteristics that McLaren Vale is famous for. The wine took out the award for Best Red at Liquorland New Zealand against all comers from that country.