Ridgemill Estate 2021 Fumé Blanc

Apologies no label couldn’t wait the wine was too good.  100% Sauvignon Blanc fruit made in a Fumé Blanc style.

First Fumé Blanc I’ve ever encountered on The Granite Belt – serendipitous and delicious.  Barrel fermented with lees stirring for three months.

2021 Fumé Blanc

A very light straw in the glass with some subtle bronze hues.  Takes awhile to open up and then shows the typical smoky fumé aromas of the style with some toasty oak wafts and a little flint, citrus dominated by sour lemon with a little zest, sour stone fruits also feature.

The palate is rich and complex from the lees stirring and oak treatment, a lovely textural quality coats the inside of your mouth and delivers a very smooth creamy embrace and there are slightly sour stone fruits surging through that embrace accompanied by pears and lemons.  The fruit begins to give way to an acidity which is noticeably infiltrated by fine crushed minerals and a little sour lemon having a cleansing effect on the palate and also driving the entire experience to considerable length.

This is far from a fruit forward typical tropical citrusy zingy Sauvignon Blanc instead it is a wine that exemplifies mouthfeel and then teases you by removing much of this with a palatal purging driven by minerals and sour lemony acidity which creates a food craving before you venture back to the glass.  Unashamedly a wine makers wine but buttressed by high quality fruit.

I was very fortunate to have Martin open one of these for me as there is only a small production and the wine will be exclusive for club members – those lucky Top Dogs!

Lastly – A welcome seventy to a lovely guy Martin Cooper and much appreciation for all he has added to The Granite Belt.

Tasted: Friday 26th October, 2021 without food and then with over several hours.
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $40 (Top Dog Club Members Only)
Suggested Drinking Window: 2021 – 2028
Winemaker: Peter McGlashan
Assistant Winemaker: Dawn Walker
Fruit Source: Dawn Walker – a Granite Belt GI Grower.
Oak: French
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Posted by Peter Pacey

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