2021 Fumé Blanc
Varietals (%’S): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2021 – a cooler vintage by Margaret River standards resulting in white wines with heightened aromatics and bright natural acids.
Appearance: Pale straw with gold and green tints.
Aroma: Intriguing aromas of guava and manadarin, leading into complexing notes of green olive, brine, woodsmoke, grilled hazelnuts and perfumed musk and lavender.
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, capers and green-olive pit, whilst new French oak adds smoke, grilled nuts 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 6 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. Vitello tonnato – a classic northern Italian dish of slice poached veal dressed in a tuna & caper sauce – would be a wonderful match.
Alcohol Volume: 13.0%
Acidity: pH 3.6; TA 5.9g/L
Residual Sugar: 1.0g/L
95pts - "Local artist Alice Linford-Forte was commissioned to paint the beautiful labels. Coldfire represents the Noongar practice of controlled burning. Comprising 50% new oak, 50% skin contact (fermented in old puncheons); matured 6 months then blended. The skin-contact component is really clear here and it is glorious. There is orange zest, soft orange blossom, nougat, cardamom, cumin, brine, white peach, turmeric, toasty oak and poached apples and rhubarb. 'Clementine, lavender, kernel' says the back of the bottle: apt. This is ethereal and fully integrated ... totally awesome. Brilliant." Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion, 16 May 2022.