2011 The Money Spider Roussanne
McLaren Vale Roussanne
The Story Behind The Name
The first crop of Roussanne from the 2000 vintage was covered in a sea of tiny “Money Spiders” (Erigoninae). Popular belief is that kindness to these little creatures will bring good luck, hopefully in the form of money. Being nature-lovers and slightly superstitious, Chester refrained from sending the spiders to their death. Hence the first release of Roussanne was from the 2001 vintage, by which time the “Money Spiders” had learned their lesson and moved from the vineyard to the surrounding bushland.
The pretty nose has many subtle nuances with notes of flowers, pine needle, snow pea,preserved lemon and cooked apple. The palate has a medium weight with a linear citrus acidity and a long finish. More exotic characters are present with elements of dried paw paw, honeydew melon, ginger and nectarine with a savoury edge of pistachio and pine nut. This is a complex and unique wine that provide immense interest as both a young and a mature wine. A versatile food wine it will pair well with a range of dishes from grilled snapper to a chicken, pumpkin and pine nut risotto.