Clyde Park 'Estate' Fume Blanc Sauvignon Blanc 2022


The Estate Fume Blanc is a new wine for Clyde Park. Sauvignon Blanc picked from the Bordeaux clone F14V9, it is given 18 hours skin contact with stalks before being pressed straight to 100% oak with 25% new French oak. Natural ferment on full solids occurs and then aged for 6 months before blending and bottling. This is a new expression of Sauvignon, showing more citrus peel and grapefruit pith but a beautiful underlying complexity from the lees and oak aging.

Clyde Park Vineyard was established in 1979 by none other than Gary Farr of Bannockburn / By Farr fame. Under the current owners, Sue Dixon and Terry Jongebloed, further plantings since have increased the vineyard to 35 acres, expanding the Chardonnay and adding Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. In all 7 clones of Pinot Noir, 6 clones of Chardonnay, 2 clones of Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc and a sole clone of Pinot Gris.

Organic Farming: the winery has implemented practices such as applying estate made compost and straw mulching to improve soil organic matter and water retention. Cover crops are used as a green manure to improve soil structure, increase organic matter and provide an environment beneficial to soil microbiology.

The Estate grown compost is derived from farm green waste, kitchen waste, winery waste such as grape skins and stalks. These are supplemented with dry waste such as straw mulch and wood chips to balance out the carbon nitrogen ratios. By recycling the farm waste the winery is also recycling nutrients that would otherwise be lost and retaining them in the natural system.

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