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Eldridge Estate Mornington Peninsula Fume Blanc 2015


As a general rule, I recommend that sauvignon blanc be drunk within 2 years of its vintage date. That explosive freshness that comes with a new release sauvignon blanc can drop away very quickly after a couple of years. No surprise that you’ll see 2014 and 2015 vintages hitting the bin-ends in the stores right now.

The exception to that rule is sauvignon blanc that gets oak treatment, as time in the barrel (as compared with time in stainless steel) adds complexity and longevity. A couple of great examples of oaked sauvignon blanc, are Cloudy Bay’s “Te Koko” and Domaine A’s “Lady A”. The latest release Lady A is 2014 and it’s expected to last until at least 2024.

I’ll leave you to Google the derivation and application of “fume blanc” but at least in Australia, fume blanc is typically used to denote a sauvignon blanc that is oaked, in the same way that in Australia, the use of syrah tells the buyer that the wine is not your typical jammy shiraz even though they are the same grape.

So, here we have Eldridge’s 2015 Fume Blanc. Not your typical Kiwi tropical fruit bomb. Actually, the first time I met David Lloyd, he described sauvignon blanc (as quite a few other winemakers do) as a weed. Time has softened his stance. Here’s his response to Mike Bennie’s comments (see the attached promo):

“I have not shown my sauvignon blanc to wine writers for about 15 years. 8 years ago I started making the Fume style at the suggestion of Merry Edwards in California. I have two clones, one gives tropical flavours and the other the more typical grassy aromas. Dave Bicknell encouraged me to pick earlier and the fruit is there. All the fruit is airbag pressed before fermenting in French Oak barrels, 20% new. Even I can enjoy sauvignon blanc made this way so I am coming out of the sauvignon blanc closet.” – David Lloyd, November 2015

Halliday says drink by 2017 like typical un-oaked sauvignon blanc. Mike Bennie and Huon Hooke give more emphasis to the oak treatment and suggest drinking to 2020 and 2021 respectively.


David Boxall

2015 Fume Blanc 2


Domaine A now available retail in Singapore


During 2011, Tiger Wines introduced a range of Tasmanian wines into Singapore that had never been seen here before – Pressing Matters, Spring Vale, and Waterton. Now there’s Domaine A as the first new listing for 2012. Domaine A has been shipped to Singapore before but it quickly disappeared into investment holdings and was not generally offered at retail. Well, that’s changed as Tiger Wines has a good supply of Domaine A’s current range of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

On offer now is the 2005 Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon which despite the vintage, is the current release. Wine Advocate gives it 94 points (“outstanding”) and Langtons has promoted the Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon from “Distinguished” to “Excellent”. This is from Domaine A’s latest newsletter:

This wine retails in Australia at A$70 (I saw it in Dan Murphys at that price last month) and here in Singapore it is offered at S$88 (incl gst)

2005 / Domaine A / Tasmania / Cabernet Sauvignon / S$88 at Tiger Wines

James Halliday 93 points (“highly recommended”), Jeremy Oliver 94 points (“gold medal”), Wine Advocate 94 points (“outstanding’”). Drinking to 2025.

Order from tigerwines@singnet.com.sg

Domaine A also makes Australia’s best Sauvignon Blanc, Lady A, and certainly its most expensive (A$60), but those in the know snapped up the stocks on arrival so it’s now completely sold out in Singapore.