Patrick of Coonawarra Fumé Blanc 2016
For those of you unfamiliar with Fumé Blanc, it’s simply a sauvignon blanc made in a style more commonly used in parts of France whereby the winemaking sees it go through some oak treatment, often some lees work too which brings about an array of deeper complexities and allows more graceful bottle age.
Patrick of Coonawarra have nailed this style. Less ‘grassy and passionfuity’ (typical for a savvy bee) and more elegant, austere and restrained. Depending on the temperature of the wine, you can expect an array of subtle notes including that of lemon sherbert, orange blossom and pink grapefruit. A woodiness frames the fruit with a gorgeous unsweet honeycomb and melon pith finish. Honestly, this is such a complex and classy drop at a ridiculous price. It’s the best kind of ‘different’ you could ask for.
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Patrick of Coonawarra
Founded by Patrick Tocaciu in 2004, Patrick of Coonawarra is a celebrated Halliday 5 star winery known for their estate grown and award winning wines; from Flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, to aged Riesling and classic Coonawarra Pinot Noir. Though Patrick sadly passed away in 2013, his legacy and passion for beautifully crafted wine lives on in his talented winemaker son Luke. A young gun winemaker, Luke has since taken over the production side of Patrick of Coonawarra and is recognised for his commitment to crafting first class wines that showcase the region's unique regional and varietal characteristics. We have no doubt that Patrick would be proud that his namesake winery is still kicking goals in 2014 and in the loving hands of his son, Luke.
Coonawarra is renowned for its cabernet. To write off other varieties, though, would be simplistic. Some of the best wine from the region is shiraz, which is frequently overlooked in the search for the perfect cab sav. It's riesling is a surprise dark horse, too. Not to belittle Coonawarra cab either, but it's funny how often we get caught insisting that one variety is the best expression of a specific place, grown in a variable environment with so many factors at play. All we're saying is: don't miss the great wines that aren't the usual suspects. Coonawarra has quite a few amazing hands other than their trump card.