2011 Crittenden Estate Fume Blanc

MSRP: $23.99

$16.00

Halliday 92/100

Color, nose and palate

 

This FUMÉ BLANC style is a beguiling wine that brings a new dimension to Sauvignon in our wine line up. Essentially it seeks to capture a smoky minerality with both texture and length, and in our view succeeds. Although fermented in 20% of new oak barrels the wood component is so subdued as to simply provide a background note to a very complex wine.

 

Cellaring potential:  Great now or within the next four to five years.

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The grapes were hand harvested in the cool of the morning and quickly transported to the winery where the whole bunches were placed in the press without crushing or de stemming and the juice gently extracted. After settling in tank for 24 hours the semi clear juice was racked directly to a mixture of small and medium size barrels where the “natural” or “wild yeast” ferment was allowed to start spontaneously with a high degree of solids. To impart complexity into the wine the temperature was NOT controlled. Post ferment the wine was rested on lees in the same barriques and puncheons and the lees were periodically stirred back into the wine using the technique of “battonage”. Two barriques (about 20% of the blend) were allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. The wine was assembled for bottling in February of 2012.

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