2021 Domenica Roussanne Marsanne

Highly Rated
One of the top Australian examples of this classic Rhone Valley white blend.

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Since starting his own operation out from under the wing of his uncle Rick Kinzbrunner at Giaconda, Peter Graham's elegantly handcrafted wines have been some of the very best to be found in Beechworth. His passion for Rhone styled Syrah and Roussanne/Marsanne is one of the hallmarks of his brand.

This wine is something of a labour of love for Graham. Where the Shiraz, Nebbiolo and Chardonnay sell themselves, this is the quiet achiever in the Domenica range and Pete's favourite wine to make.

He tends the fruit dutifully and farms it organically. Everything in the winery is done as gently as possible, from the natural ferments to filling the barrels with no force but gravity. The wine is glorious and one of Australia's top example of this blend.

95 points
"This is excellent. Benchmark. Just buy it. I should leave it at that, so brilliant is this layered, mid-weighted expression. Mellifluous... Wonderful wine. I could go a point higher if pushed."
- Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

A classic blend of rhone valley whites, these varieties are all about texture.
Vinification is similar to the chardonnay, though the juice is extracted and settled more carefully, due to the phenolic nature of these varieties, and in order to display the purity of their exotic aromatics.
No new barrels are used in the production of this wine, and the maturation is restricted to 10 months. The result is a voluptuous wine, rich and exotically spicy, floral, and edged with the ever present mineral spine of Beechworth granite.

Region: Beechworth, VIC
Blend: Roussanne, Marsanne
ABV: 13.30%
Closure: 750ml
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95 points - "This is excellent. Benchmark. Just buy it. I should leave it at that, so brilliant is this layered, mid-weighted expression. Mellifluous. Everything feels intuitive and just right: place, varietal composition, site and delicious wine. Tatami straw, dry and flaxen. Ginger, cardamon pod, rooibos and curry powder. Flecks of apricot oatmeal and peach skin. The ebb of phenolic chew and drift of acidity, in perfect sync. The finish, long. Wonderful wine. I could go a point higher if pushed. Drink or hold. Screw cap." - Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

Customer Reviews


Peter Graham is one of Beechworth's most thoughtful and talented winemakers. From his small plot of land on the Beechworth "Golden Mile", Pete crafts articulate and powerful wines with a gentle hand.

He farms his vineyard organically, though uncertified, with great care. The quality of fruit it yields is first class. In the winery, everything is moved via gravity. Patience is a virtue that Pete definitely possesses. No wine is released until it's 'ready'.

The Nebbiolo is one of the country's benchmarks. The Chardonnay is always in high demand given Pete's history as assistant winemaker at Giaconda. The Shiraz is the very model of modern Australian Shiraz; a wine with both power and refinement.

As Mike Bennie once noted:"If you’re into the new wave of truefine wine producers of Australia you should be onto, should get onto, Domenica. Classics in the making. Rising high."

The gorgeous Domenica vineyard after vintage - Beechworth, VIC Domenica

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