Georges Folly Roussanne Off With the Fairies

George’s Folly | Off With the Fairies

Roussanne | 2018

Fleurieu Peninsula
Off With the Fairies
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In 2013 I saw a rendition of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ among the vineyards. While Titania whispered seductively about, “apricots and blackberries, with purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries,” I realised that my plastic cup filled with Shiraz just wasn’t right for the occasion. The night called for something crisper and fruitier with a touch of mystery to match the magic unfolding before my eyes. The right wine, it turns out, wouldn’t arrive on the scene until several years later, long after Titania’s lavish monologue. It might seem a little bit ridiculous to quote Shakespeare while sipping a glass of wine, but somehow for ‘Off With The Fairies’ it seems perfectly fitting to do just that.

With hints of dried fruit, old barrels and sweet pears, this crisp Roussanne would delight both Prosecco and Chardonnay drinkers alike. But despite its broad appeal, this is certainly not a throwaway wine. I wouldn’t suggest wasting it on an occasion when it has anything but your full attention, and frankly that is a compliment to the wine. It just has that kind of poetic appeal; a classy timelessness. Like the second act of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the second glass of ‘Off With the Fairies’ is an experience to relish, full of unexpected twists and turns.

The initial hint of dried pears is mellowed by the flavour of roasted apples and an earthy finish that is reminiscent of an aged Chardonnay. You could almost picture yourself reclining on a chaise beneath the dappled forest canopy, as the warmth of that second glass tingles through your veins. If you are looking for a wine to impress your guests, pick ‘Off With The Fairies’. It will pair perfectly with chicken breasts stuffed with figs and walnuts or with a cheese platter, but steer clear of the smoky stuff or anything too rich and fatty, as the subtleties of this exquisite wine will quickly be lost.

This is clearly a wine that is designed to be savoured. It is both light and delicate, yet warm and earthy. It is crisp and sweet but tapers into a delicious savoury mouth feel. It is this complexity that leads me to a concrete resolution as I concentrate on that last drop – for my next dalliance with Shakespeare, I will ensure that ‘Off With The Fairies’ gets a well deserved encore, as my enchanting companion for the night.

Georges Folly Roussanne Off With the Fairies
George’s Folly | Off With the Fairies
Crisp fruitiness would delight Prosecco and Chardonnay drinkers alike
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may, 2021