2022 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.
Steady winter rains between May and September 2021 filled soil profiles enough to sustain through the drier months. Budburst and shoot growth were surprisingly even in spring, albeit a little behind average dates, with wet and cloudy conditions continuing through to late November. The growing season lagged 3 weeks later than average, with veraison of chardonnay completing around mid-January. Dry, clear conditions and no rainfall over December and January sped up ripening, with early picking varieties maturing only a week later than historical average dates. We began picking the chardonnay fruit for this wine on 14 February 2022 over a compressed picking window due to a row of warm days. The 2022 vintage resulted in whites of purity and power.
Lychee, freshly squeezed limes, white pear and grape fruit.
Coating white fruits and viscous acidity are beautifully balanced by soft textures laced with mango and apricot. A fine finish of focused white fruit tannin and deftly intertwined oak, finishing with faint hints of freshly leavened dough and red currants.
This is a fresh drink now style, but can be aged for up to 10 years for added complexity.
95 & Top Gold - Langtons Margaret River Wine Show 2023