I’ve just finished bottling the 2017 Fumé Blanc, I’ve only made a few of them over the years, but the fruit from the 2017 harvest was so magnificent I just couldn’t stop myself.
For those who are unsure but too afraid to ask, a Fumé Blanc, put quite simply, is an Oak Fermented Sauvignon Blanc. The term interestingly, is not coined by the French, but by the Californians – in particular Robert Mondavi in the late 1960’s. “Fumé Blanc” literally translates as “smoky white”. Traditionally the term refers to an oak-fermented Sauvignon Blanc. Fermented in oak by wild yeasts and left to mature in barrel for eleven months the wine turned out wonderfully.
Release will be for cellar door exclusively, but what better excuse to languish in our Japanese garden over a lazy weekend and see what all the Fumé fuss is about.