2015 Singlefile Single Vineyard Pemberton Fumé Blanc
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
This wine is a sophisticated expression of sauvignon blanc made in the traditional Bordeaux style of the Pessac-Léognan / Graves sub-regions. The fruit is from the Stoney Crossing vineyard in Pemberton, planted in 1998. It has a north facing aspect and karri loam soils. The fruit was picked in April 2015, it was crushed, settled and underwent a wild fermentation in tank to 8 Be to ensure the fruit purity was maintained. At that point approximately 50% was transferred to oak (20% new Bordeaux barriques, 30% second use) with the remaining 50% completing fermentation in a stainless steel tank for five months on lees. This is done to balance fruit purity with the trademark spice, texture and softness of a barrel fermented sauvignon blanc.
Fumé Blanc was a name first used in the late nineteen sixties in Napa Valley, California, by vintner Robert Mondavi to denote a style of sauvignon blanc which had received oak treatment. The name is now widely used for oaked sauvignon blanc dominant wines.
The wine has complex aromas that hint at spice, straw, snow pea and subtle grassiness. The mouth feel is elegant and textural due to the partial oak treatment which softens the palate and adds a refined complexity. This wine shows its best with food and is well suited to complement oven-roasted chicken and vegetable style dishes.
REVIEWS OF NOTE
94 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2016
94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, April 2016
93 points, Angus Hughson, Wine Genius, June 2016
91 points, Wine Genius, March 2016
'Great drinking', QWine, March 2016
'Balanced with gentle richness', Jason Miller, Que Syrah, May 2016
'Most pleasant', John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph, April 2016