2018 Terrason Aligote

King Valley, VIC

A very good (and rare) look at this obscure Burgundian variety. Full flavoured white with loads of charm.



About The Wine

Marc, the owner/winemaker at Terrason Wines, has a long history with Aligoté.

He's made some excellent examples in the cellars of Burgundy - from Gevrey-Chambertin to Meursault. Inspired by these wines, he sourced some rare cuttings from the Mornington Peninsula and grafted over some vines on their property in Whitlands.

This is a serious example of the variety. Full-figured, and toasty - fermented on full solids for added texture and palate weight.

There are very few examples of Aligoté in Australia - this may be one of the best produced on these shores to date.

Winemaker Marc Lunt
Winemaker Marc Lunt
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Grafted two winters ago from cuttings taken in the Mornington Peninsula. Grown in the deep volcanic soils of Whitfield in the King Valley. Hand picked, crushed and pressed straight to a 2500l Stockinger foudré for natural fermentation on full solids. Eleven month elevage without any movement. Lightly filtered and un-fined in preparation for bottling.

My first experience with Aligoté was in Gevrey Chambertin which was made into a stunning Bourgogne Blanc for staff and clients, later in Meursault a more serious rendition. Often misunderstood it’s an age-worthy variety that can be cellared for a decade and more. Expect to see citrus, alpine herbs, and a saline/brininess that is derived from the iron rich ancient volcanic soils.

Blend : Aligoté (100%)
ABV : 12.00%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Intense ripe lemon acidity, crushed shells, pie apple, distinct ‘mineral’ feel, even though the viscous, creamy and toffee richness of malolactic is writ large. Has intensity, a subtle citrus peel bitterness, and a good surge through the finish. It’s very good." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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