2023 Fumé Blanc
Varietals (%’S): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2023 – an excellent white wine vintage, typified by good yields and a dry, mild ripening period resulting in flavoursome, aromatic wines.
Appearance: Golden straw with pale green tints.
Aroma: Intriguing aromas of tamarillo, mandarin, nashi pear and green olive, leading into complexing notes of chamomile, fennel, vanilla bean, grilled nuts and olive brine.
Palate: Textured and complex, a full-bodied white wine with mouthfeel and intrigue. Skin-contact during ferment heightens perfume whilst contributing phenolic crunch – peach kernel, fennel and green-olive pit, whilst new French oak adds woodsmoke, flint and exotic spice. Acid is soft yet textured, glossy, rich – think preserved lemon, mandarin, nectarine.
Oak Detail: 50% of the blend was fermented on skins in seasoned open-top French oak puncheons before being basket-pressed direct to seasoned barriques for 5 months maturation. The remaining 50% of the blend was fermented and matured more conventionally in new French oak barriques.
Cellaring: Ready for immediate drinking and will continue to drink well over the next 3-4 years.
Food Pairing: A wine to drink with food. Think seafood, poultry, pork, cheese. Deep-fried, crispy-skinned whole Pink Snapper with tamarind, lime & chilli.
Alcohol Volume: 12.5%
Acidity: pH 3.29; TA 6.61g/L
Residual Sugar: 1.0g/L