Large bottle 2013 last straw

The Last Straw is our venerable and distinctive 100% Marsanne. This sweet wine is inspired by the fabulous vin de paille of France’s Rhône Valley.

In both France and Italy a traditional method of obtaining concentrated sugars and flavours is to lay harvested grapes on straw mats where they are left in the sun to dehydrate.

Enjoy with: The freshness of this sweet wine loves fruit based desserts, think of the Australian icon - Peach Melba - for inspiration. Alternately, it will serve equally well as an aperitif - saltiness is its perfect counter point -try Manchego with quince paste, green olives, fried whitebait or salt cod fritters.

2013 Vintage Tasting notes

Select bunches from the low yielding 2013 vintage were air dried for six weeks before being crushed and pressed. We then transfer this unfermented juice into a new 500 litre French Puncheon for fermentation until the yeast can go no longer. The resultant wine is bottled post fermentation and allowed to mature for 15 months before release.

With initial aromatics of white flower, the wine is one of ripe pear and stone fruit flavours delivered with clarity. The palate has notes of honeysuckle and is lifted by bright acidity for a balanced dry finish.

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Reviews and Awards

James Halliday on the 2013 The Last Straw

Partially dried marsanne grapes were fermented in new French oak and then bottle-matured for 15 months. Bright green-gold, it is extremely complex, the sweetness balances by savoury spicy flavours; prolonged cellaring might see an exceptional wine develop.

95 points

2016 James Halliday Wine Companion

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Release history

Vintage Format
2015 Sold out.
2013 Sold out.
2010 Sold out.
2008 Sold out.
2007 Sold out.
2005 Sold out.
2004 Sold out.
2003 Sold out.
2002 Sold out.
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