2017 Rockburn Fumé Blanc
Rockburn Fumé Blanc is a handpicked selection of barrels that most eloquently speak of site and season, and exhibit character above and beyond their cradle-mates. Although made from Sauvignon Blanc, what I am seeking is expression of minerality and texture, something far away from the “ordinary” as far as we understand Sauvignon Blanc to be here in New Zealand. Leave your pre-conceptions behind and this wine will open your eyes.
Our Fumé Blanc is a single vineyard wine displaying the richness and minerality created from out Parkburn Vineyard site, but focused more on complex, textural secondary characters rather then the primary notes Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc is known for.
All our Parkburn Sauvignon Blanc is wild fermented in French oak sans additions of any kind, and each year I look for a handful of barrels showing exemplary texture and extraordinary character, holding these back for further maturation. Malo-lactic fermentation occurs naturally in the Spring; after a year and a half in barrel the wine is bottled without fining or filtration.
Expect complex layers of floral, herbal and mineral notes in harmony with toasty oak and rich, mouth-filling creaminess. Cellar for a decade with confidence.