Willow Bridge `Bookends` Fumé Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012 (6 x 750mL), WA

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Overview

We have chosen to use the descriptor Fumé (French for smoked) so as to distinguish this style from the classically simple fresh fruity antipodean (Australia and NZ) models of Sauvignon Blanc and its blends. The term is derived from what the vignerons of the Loire Valley in the lower north east of France call the Sauvignon Blanc grape - Blanc Fumé. The Loire and Bordeaux are the traditional homes of the Sauvignon Blanc variety. In the more maritime Bordeaux region it is generally blended with Semillon as is most common here in the maritime regions of WA. The Fumé Blanc adaptation was first used by Californian Robert Mondavi in the 1970s. After a number of years of making our complex style of Sauvignon from fruit purchased from outside of our region, we now have developed the confidence in our own fruit and decided to make it only from fruit we grow at our estate in the Ferguson Valley from this 2012 vintage onwards. In hand with that decision has been the choice to also transition the wine into a blend with Semillon playing a supporting role. To celebrate its homecoming, we've given it the name BOOKENDS, as the vine rows of each variety chosen for this wine effectively bookend our main block of these varieties. We have sought to build a wine which still screams of its varieties, but with additional layers of texture and complexity. It was hand picked and whole bunch pressed to French oak barriques (~20% new) where it was allowed to undergo a warm natural fermentation and then remain on yeast lees for a further nine months with regular stirring to build texture. Malolactic fermentation played a minor role, if any.

Region:
WA - Other Western Australian
State:
Western Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Pale straw with a hint of green.

Aroma

Lemon pith, woodsmoke, seaspray and beeswax. With time in the glass, pretty tropical florals come to the fore.

Palate

Fine and light, but still textural. The citrus and smokiness come through as do the tropicals as the wine breathes. The drawcard is a cool, crystalline acidity which balances the creamy texture and then draws out the length on the palate.

Cellaring

Will benefit from some air until 2014 and should reward cellaring to 2018 for those who enjoy toasty mature whites in this ilk.

Vintage
2012
Region
WA - Other Western Australian
Grape Style
Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
12.2%

Winery Profile

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Willow Bridge Estate is family owned and operated by principals Jeff and Vicki Dewar, who bought the picturesque 180-hectare hillside property in 1996 after an exhaustive search of the state for the ideal vineyard site from which to realize their shared vision of producing world class wines which are both opulent and accessible. The estate is located in a hidden jewel of an area known as the Ferguson Valley which, at that time, was home to only a few small vineyards. Immediately planting 60 hectares of vines and then building a state of the art winery (the first winery in the area) in time for their first vintage in 2000, established Willow Bridge as the pioneering estate of the area and demonstrated the family’s confidence in the property and resolve to see their vision become reality.

From the release of their very first wines, their efforts were quickly rewarded with critical acclaim, wine show success and most importantly, glowing feedback from wine lovers.

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