d’Arenberg ‘Money Spider’ Roussanne 2007 (18.0+/20), at 13.5% alc and 3.6 g/L rs, a small
portion aged in barrique, this was very pale straw in colour and had a bouquet
of fresh limes and citrus fruits with a lees-like nuance. Dry on palate the flavour of limey fruit with
notes of nuts sat on soft textures.
Bright with good acidity, this was gently lively and very attractive
with it. RC July 10
In its youth, The Money Spider Roussanne has a brilliant clear to mid-straw appearance with a lifted ripe herbal aromatic mix of flowery notes such as jasmine, lilies and cut grass. As the wine opens up floral spiced fruit notes evolve mixed with characters of anise, wheat germ and pistachio’s and an underlying mix of melon nectarine and ripe apple. As the wine opens up there are edges of green tea and feijoa and further grassy herbaceous notes.
The palate is youthful, bold and nicely balanced with plenty of ripe fruit characters. Upon entry it’s a mix of dried herb and almonds with notes of intense glazed citric notes such as cumquat, blood orange, and marmalade notes then fragrant green fruits such as feijoas with spices. The finish is dry with lingering mineral notes, green olive honeysuckle notes and balanced with fine acidity.