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.
- WA - Other Western Australian
- Western Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
Pale straw with a hint of green.
Lemon pith, woodsmoke, seaspray and beeswax. With time in the glass, pretty tropical florals come to the fore.
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.
Will benefit from some air until 2014 and should reward cellaring to 2018 for those who enjoy toasty mature whites in this ilk.