Patrick Estate Fume Blanc 2016 ~ Coonawarra, South Australia
94/100 James Halliday
Silver - Limestone Coast Wine Show
Silver - Australian Small Winemakers Show
Silver - Wineshowcase New Release Tasting
Bronze - National Cool Climate Wine Show 2017
James Halliday - "Fermentation and maturation in French puncheons has invested the wine with complexity."
The Winemaker - "This Sauvignon Blanc was fermented and matured on lees in 500L, French oak puncheons, giving it the texture and complexity that the Fume Blanc style is renowned. A hint of oak with delicate tropical fruit aromas lead to the creamy, full palate and refreshing finish."
QWine - "Here's a Sauvignon Blanc that I enjoyed drinking! ....Some barrel work never hurt anyone and winemaker Luke Tocaciu has used it well. This Sauv was barrel fermented and left on lees in old French oak puncheons. Whilst some of the tropical fruit nuances of the variety are still present, they sit behind the delicate creamy and textural delivery courtesy of the barrel work. Mouthfilling and long to finish, I was happy to keep going back for more."
Patrick of Coonawarra was founded by Patrick Tocaciu; one of Australia's leading wine (and AFL football) figures. Patrick's reputation for producing exceptional wine earned him many international accolades for the major labels he worked as Chief Winemaker, including; Tollana, Penfolds, and Hollick Wines. Patrick's distinguished reputation continued with the establishment of his own Patrick of Coonawarra Estate label. The wines are built on the solid foundation of extensive estate vineyards: 36 hectares in Coonawarra and 42 hectares in Wrattonbully. The Wrattonbully plantings contain shiraz, sauvignon blanc, and some of the riesling. All of the cabernets is grown in Coonawarra. The Estate is now managed by his eonologist son, Luke who continues the tradition of producing wines of varietal and regional excellence.
Coonawarra is the most important wine region within the Limestone Coast zone of South Australia, credited with producing some of the best red wines in the entire country, and often described as Australia's most famous terroir. It is located in the far south-east of the state, adjoining the border with Victoria south of Wrattonbully.
Fumé Blanc refers to Sauvignon Blanc that has most likely gone through some oak ageing. The two terms ‘Sauvignon Blanc’ and ‘Fumé Blanc’ are considered synonymous. The term Fumé Blanc was invented by famous Americal winemaker, Robert Mondavi in the1960s to distinguish his quality dry Sauvignon Blanc from Sauvignon Blanc which was considered by Americans at the time as a boring variety, mainly used for sweet wine production. Mondavi took the French word ‘Fumé’, referring to a smoke-like vapour or substance and also enshrined in the name of Pouilly-Fumé of Loire Valley, and the French for white, as in ‘blanc’.