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2019 Streicker Bridgeland Block Fumé Blanc

2019 Streicker Bridgeland Block Fumé Blanc

Blend

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyard

Bridgeland Vineyard, Karridale

Winemaking Note

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.

Vintage Conditions

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.

Aroma

White pear, freshly squeezed lime, blossoms and shaved almond.

Palate

Pure textures of white fruits, fine tannin and bristling natural acidity to start, driven home by a generous finish of peach flesh and jasmine.

Cellaring

This is a fresh drink now style, but can be aged for up to 10 years for added complexity.

Alcohol

13%

Accolades

95 points - Wine Companion 2022

 

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard Designation
Bridgelands
Acid
6.80g/L
pH
3.10
Aging
This is a fresh drink now style, but can be aged for up to 10 years for added complexity.
Fermentation
Barrel
Residual Sugar
1.67
Alcohol %
13
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The fruit for our Bridgeland Block Fumé Blanc is selected from the best block of Sauvignon Blanc from our Bridgeland vineyard in southern Margaret River. White stone fruit and creamy French oak flavours introduce a pure palate of coating natural acidity and fine fruit textures. It finishes with freshly zested lime, granite and honeycomb.
Vineyard Notes
Bridgeland vineyard
Winemaker Notes
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.
Other Notes
After an unseasonable dry early Winter, late rains in August and September came to the rescue. Budburst commenced in early August and continued until late September. Significant rain events persisted through to mid-October, with conditions fining up through the flowering period enabling successful flowering and fruit set. Vine growth was excellent and excess vigour issues were dealt with by employing shoot thinning and vine de-legging practices, in a successful attempt to deter regrowth and crowding of fruit zone areas. Harvest began on the 27th January, in line with the earliest picking dates on record, trailing out until completion on the 13th April.