2019 Streicker Bridgeland Block Fumé Blanc
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Bridgeland Vineyard, Karridale
The fruit for our Bridgeland Block Fumé Blanc is selected from the best block of our Bridgeland vineyard in southern Margaret River. The fruit is handpicked, cold-crushed and pressed to retain freshness and cultivate texture and structure. The juice is settled cold and racked after 2 days, harvesting only the lightest and most delicate grape solids to further aid in textural and aromatic development. The juice is barrel fermented in 33% new, 33% 2nd fill and 33% 3rd fill French oak barriques. The wine is sulphured pre-malolactic fermentation, in order to further preserve fresh fruit aromatics and pure acidity. It is then aged in oak for 9 months and battonaged every two weeks to develop texture and additional palate complexity, after which the wine is removed from barrel, clarified and bottled.
The 2019 vintage required high attention to detail in the vineyard and highlighted the benefit of having four diverse vineyards across the Margaret River region. Weather patterns were inconsistent, presenting challenges in budburst and flowering throughout the winter and spring months. A lack of extreme temperatures in summer and autumn combined with leaf-plucking, shoot thinning and bunch thinning encouraged more even ripening. Nets were essential to protect fruit, with a lack of Marri blossom in the region to distract the bees and birds. The resulting low yields presented fragrant wines with succulent natural acidities.
White pear, freshly squeezed lime, blossoms and shaved almond.
Pure textures of white fruits, fine tannin and bristling natural acidity to start, driven home by a generous finish of peach flesh and jasmine.
This is a fresh drink now style, but can be aged for up to 10 years for added complexity.
95 points - Wine Companion 2022