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Vinea Marson

411 Heathcote-Rochester Rd, Heathcote, 3523

Ph: (03) 5433 2768

Vinea Marson is a relatively new brand launched in 2006 that is building a following in the Melbourne circuit of wine fans looking for Old World styles.

It is run by Mario Marson, who worked for 15 years with the legendary late John Middleton at Mt. Mary before moving onto the Heathcote's iconic Jasper Hill.

Finally he has launched his own label based on vines from his Heathcote property. Following the pedigree of his former employers his wines emphasis texture, savouriness and are inspired by Old World wine-making styles.

The Italian influence is obvious with the Nebbiolo and a Sangiovese. The range also includes a Syrah (with a touch of Viognier), a straight Viognier and a Rose made mainly from Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Vinea Marson Nebbiolo 2012

Purchased: Not ($37)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, brick-ed colour, one of the more impressive Australian Nebbiolos with a lengthy post-ferment maceration, floral black cherry and redcurrant †with sweet leather, tobacco, sage †and rose petal aspects, firm and dusty tannins with cocoa/cedar oak (****1/2)

Vinea Marson Syrah 2012

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, 7% Viognier co-ferment, aromatic and silky cranberry and dark plums with violet, black olive and white pepper notes, medium bodied and linear with a toasty cedar/bitter chocolate/vanilla finish, fine and slinky tannins (***1/2)

Vinea Marson Sangiovese 2012

Purchased: Not ($36)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, floral and leather nose, supple and medium bodied black cherry abd boysenberry with anise and bayleaf notes, earthy with firm chalky tannins and cedar/vanilla oak(***1/2)

Vinea Marson Nebbiolo 2009

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($46)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, floral aromatics, firm black cherry and dark plums with violet, tobacco and musky spice notes, plenty of mint in there and a touch of sweet leather, tea leaf and sage, the savoury, dusty tannic grip is more assertive and convincingly Italianate than previous releases (****1/2)

Vinea Marson Rose 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, derived from Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, pale salmon colour, savoury, barrel fermented sour cherry , orange peel and strawberry with rose petal and spice nuances, glycerolly mid-palate, dry and chalky finish (****)

Vinea Marson Viognier 2011

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, from a cold vintage, slightly austere, creamy barrel fermented style showing peach and apricot with ginger, nut and cinnamon notes, some savoury lees complexity, bright lemony acidity and briny phenolics, good persistence (****)

Vinea Marson Grazia 2011

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, aromatic, floral Friuli-inspired blend of Pinot Blanc, Friulano and Malvasia díIstria, dry with a soft chalky texture and showing delicate musk, lemon peel and apricot cream with hazelnut, dried herb and marzipan nuances (****)

Vinea Marson Prosecco 2013

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, contains a tiny 1.5% Pinot Blanc input, dry pear and green apple with some yeasty lees and fresh lemony acidity, lively bead (***1/2)

Vinea Marson Sangiovese 2010

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, floral and light-medium bodied boysenberry and black cherry with leather, anise and olive notes, earthy with a bitter almond note, slightly drying chalky tannins (***1/2)

Vinea Marson Syrah 2009

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, has the usual 7% Viognier co-ferment, perfumed and silky blackberry and cranberry with violet, anise, white pepper and musky spice notes, medium bodied with fine, slinky tannins and charry chocolate oak (***1/2)

Vinea Marson Viognier 2010

Purchased: Not ($37)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, creamy and leesy style showing savoury orange peel, pear and apricot with cinnamon and saffron notes, some chewy phenolics and gentle orange rind acidity, food friendly style but would have liked to see a touch more drive (***1/2)

Vinea Marson Syrah 2008

Purchased: Not ($41)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, this has just under 7% Viognier, silky and fairly complex with loganberry and cranberry with violet, mint and tobacco notes, smooth, earthy and medium bodied with milk chocolate-cedar oak and fine tannins, attractive balance (****)

Vinea Marson Sangiovese 2008

Purchased: Not ($41)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, supple and silky cherry and plum with rose petal, anise and leather notes, savoury and light-medium bodied with almond-vanilla oak and drying tannins (****)

Vinea Marson Nebbiolo 2008

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, clear and supple cherry, raspberry and rose petal with tobacco and musk notes, fine minerality although the tannins are in a silky early drinking style rather than Baroloesque (***1/2)

Vinea Marson Nebbiolo 2007

Purchased: Not ($44)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, taut, long and linear expression showing silky raspberry, cranberry, strawberry and plums with tobacco, clove, cinnamon and musk notes, medium bodied with earthy savouriness, it is underpinned with some vibrant stalky acidity and the firm grainy tannins running through the palate, needs time in the cellar but should reward the patience (****1/2)

Vinea Marson Rose 2009

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, derived from 80% Sangiovese, 11% Nebbiolo and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, pale salmon colour, semi-dry and savoury redcurrant, strawberry and sour cherry with rose water and dried herb notes and a dab of spice, 100% barrel fermented which creates some mid-palate creaminess but is still infused with plenty of minerally texture and finishes crisp and bone-dry, frames the interesting choice of varieties rather well (****)

Vinea Marson Viognier 2009

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, rich (but not quite opulent) and varietal expression showing off the savoury textural complexity the wine-maker is known for, focussed pear, apricot and ginger with a chalky orange rind finish and well controlled phenolics (****)

Vinea Marson Syrah 2007

Purchased: Not ($44)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009 ,as with the 2006 vintage there is a 7% Viognier input which I reckon is a tad too much for a warm climate Shiraz, itís a savoury and complex wine showing black cherry and dark plum with roast meat, dried herb and brown spice nuances, the mid-palate is rather glycerolly and plump but framed with the regional minerality and seasoned mocha-cedar oak, stalky acidity with firm grainy tannins (****)

Vinea Marson Sangiovese 2007

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, powerful and slightly tarry entry but settles down into a more varietal expression of savoury plum, redcurrant and sour-edged cherry with clove and brown spice notes, earthy and medium bodied palate with some spicy almond oak features and lingering dusty tannins (***1/2)

Vinea Marson Syrah 2006

Purchased: Not ($39)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting : July 2009, there is a 7% Viognier co-ferment, multi-layered and complex wine showing black cherry, blackberry and raspberry with dried herb, anise and brown spice notes, medium bodied and savoury with the regional minerality shining through, mid-palate glycerolly plumpness and mocha-chocolate oak, firm tannins to match the substantial Viognier input, would be even better with a fraction less Viognier (****1/2)

Vinea Marson Rose 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting : July 2009, derived from 80% Sangiovese, 11% Nebbiolo and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, salmon orange colour, spicy and semi-dry, richly textured showing sour cherry, redcurrant and rose petals, good length and structure (****1/2)

Vinea Marson Sangiovese 2005

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, black cherry and plum flavours, medium bodied palate is quite earthy with complex savouriness, and subtle cedar-vanilla oak, chewy dusty tannins, like a good Tuscan Chianti it doesn't shout out at you but has enough complexity to be a pleasant food companion (****)