Marsanne is a white grape variety originally from the Northern Rhône, where it is used to produce white St. Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, and Hermitage. Marsanne tends to be blended with Rousanne to add aroma and delicacy. These blends produce richly aromatic, nutty wines that age well.
In Australia it is particularly good in the McLaren Vale, Goulburn and Yarra Valley. Some of the world’s oldest Marsanne vines can be found in Central Victoria.
Marsanne's deep colored juice has low acidity, a high level of alcohol, and ages well in oak. It can be a difficult grape to grow, as it is susceptible to diseases and extreme climatic changes. Marsanne tends to have bright fruit flavour, such as honeysuckle, pineapple and pronounced almond aromatics.