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2020 Singlefile Single Vineyard Pemberton Fumé Blanc

2020 Singlefile Single Vineyard Pemberton Fumé Blanc
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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 Lefroy Brook vineyard in Pemberton, planted in 2000. It has a north facing aspect and karri loam soils. The fruit was picked in February 2020, it was crushed, settled and inoculated with a select yeast strain in tank to ensure the fruit purity was maintained. At that point approximately 20% was transferred to oak (100% new Bordeaux barriques) with the remaining 80% completing fermentation in a stainless steel tank for four 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.


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2020 Vintage

93 points, Stuart Knox, The Real Review, Dec 2020
4.5 Stars, Winestate Magazine, Nov 2020

2019 Vintage

95 points, Value Rosette, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Mar 2020
93 points, Top Rank, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, Dec 2019
"Opulent", Drinkeasy Competition, Dec 2019
91 points, Nick Butler, The Real Review, Nov 2019
4 stars, Lester Jesberg, Winewise, Oct 2019
92 points, Steve Leszczynski, QWine, Sep 2019

2018 Vintage

96 points, Equal Top Scoring Sauvignon Blanc, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2019
92 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, Jun 2019
91 points, James Suckling,, Jun 2019
93 points, Toni Paterson, The Real Review, May 2019
16.5 points, Tamlyn Currin,, Dec 2018

2016 Vintage

93 points, Toni Paterson, The Real Review, Dec 2018
18 points, Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Jun 2018
18 points, Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club, Jan 2018
93 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, Dec 2017
94 points, Jane Faulkner, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2017

2015 Vintage

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
'Great drinking', QWine, March 2016
'Balanced with gentle richness', Jason Miller, Que Syrah, May 2016
'Most pleasant', John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph, April 2016

2014 Vintage

95 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Jul 2015
95 points, Ray Jordan, The Weekend West
92 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, Nov 2014
18.2 points, John Jens, Western Suburbs Weekly

2013 Vintage

96 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Jul 2014
94 points, Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine, Jun 2014
94 points, Ray Jordan, The WA Wine Guide, 2015
Highly Recommended, Clive Hartly, Australian Wine Guide, May 2014

2012 Vintage

94 points, Ray Jordan, The WA Wine Guide, Oct 2013
93 points, Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine, Jun 2013
18.2 points, John Jens, Western Suburbs Weekly, Sep 2013
Highly Recommended, Clive Hartly, Australian Wine Guide, May 2014
Gold, 2012 Blackwood Valley and WA Boutique Wine Awards
Gold, 2013 Timber Towns Wine Show

Wine Specs
Fume Blanc
Up to 5 years
Alcohol %
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Matt A's Gravatar
Matt A
(06/07/2019 at 4:43 PM)
The first Fume Blanc I have come across before in Aus and is an excellent wine. Being a Sauv Blanc that is aged in oak, its a perfect ‘inbetween’ wine of a Sauv Blanc and a Chardonnay so its an allround pleaser for a summers day entertaining. Well done singlefile, its one of your best!

Peter's Gravatar
(18/05/2020 at 12:32 PM)
The 2019 Fumé Blanc is an excellent expression of this manner of working with sauvignon blanc grapes. Crisp and balanced, the wine has long lime and passionfruit notes with a little yeast on the nose. This is a very well balanced wine and nicely made, perfect for drinking cold with a summer fruit platter. Under screw cap. Drink now until 2022.

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John Meehan
(15/08/2020 at 6:28 PM)
Perfumed nose, pale green colour, gooseberry and grass hints at first, yeast notes. I am a big fan of their Fume Blanc and this one cements the relationship. Lovely!

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Neville Chaplin
(16/08/2020 at 12:29 PM)
The wine opens with a bright, light straw colour and just a hint of a green hue. The bouquet is complex, attractive and understated, hinting at tropical and citrus flavours. On the palate you are treated to a complex, well balanced wine that improves the longer you keep it in the glass! It is crisp, spicy, fruity, with a lasting finish. The wine is creamy and mouth filling, and best enjoyed with food. On our tasting we paired it with a beer marinated chicken, rubbed with butter and paprika, roasted with vegetables, and served with a light Marsala based gravy.

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Russell Burder
(17/08/2020 at 4:39 PM)
To be honest SSB is not my go to white wine. However, I was intrigued to try my first Fumé Blanc. Dropping the Semillion and concentrating on Sauvignon Blanc, Fumé Blanc adds a some oak barrel aging to the process. Singlefile balance this perfectly, removing some of the astringency, adding subtle smokiness and allowing some of the more complex characteristics to shine through - think crisp melon/kiwi on the palate and the iconic fresh cut grass/citrus on the noise. Would love to say it was paired with food, but we polished off the bottle before dinner was served!!

Ben's Gravatar
(30/09/2020 at 10:25 AM)
I have only tried a few different Fume Blanc's, and this was by far the best. A crisp wine that would be great for a summer evening. Starting well on the nose, the first taste you get is a touch of Oak from the barrel, this balanced well with the subtle and not too overbearing spice and grassy finish. A smooth and well thought out wine.

Anthony's Gravatar
(30/09/2020 at 5:31 PM)
First time drinking Fumé Blanc and happily pleased, in fact, loved it. Colour of light straw. Scents of peach and citrus (especially grapefruit) on the nose. Very slight acidity which helped break through our meal. Smooth and sweet aftertaste. After our first foray into Fumé Blanc, we will certainly purchase again.

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