SOMMELIER Rocco Esposito is passionate about Italian wine, especially Barolo and Barbaresco, highly prized reds from the Piedmont region.

"… For a white table wine, he turns to Rutherglen and the 2009 All Saints Family Cellar Marsanne, a variety that appears to be well-suited to Rutherglen.
 
"2009 was a very hot year so in 2009 they picked a lot earlier," Esposito said. "It was picked with very moderate alcohol (12.6 per cent). It's a very elegant wine. It has some toastiness, it has freshness, lovely acidity and a bright fruit spectrum."
 
Esposito says the Marsanne has some sharpness on the palate so he would suggest pairing it with a slightly oily dish such as paté or foie gras, cured trout, a delicate fish dish or tuna carpaccio…."