#326 Fledge & Co. Fumé Blanc 2022

TASTING NOTES

👃🏼 A rather unusual nose of coconut, dried wild flowers, winter melon, fresh cucumber, lemon grass and watermelon.
👄 The palate is super rich, layered mix of lemonade, tropical melon, pithy meyer lemon peel, and fresh limes. The finish is hugely textured, with the spicy citrus oil finish, and a little encore from those herbal lemon-grass elements.

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If you’ve followed HDS at all over the past four years, then you’ll know that Fledge & Co. feature fairly regularly. Now partially this is because they are tireless in their quest to find and ferment a whole range of rare cultivars and vinifical delectables. But this is not their only talent! Nay nay! They also have a knack for taking cultivars that we know and love, and somehow managing to transform them into something fresh; providing a new perspective on things we thought we knew.
Today’s wine of the day – the Fledge & Co. Fumé Blanc 2022 is no exception. Not only is it a blend of Sauvignon fruit from a number of hugely disparate vineyard sites, but these parcels are also fermented in a few different vessels – including two glass demijohns…so naturally – in the video – we couldn’t help digging down a little into the emerging trend of using glass vessels in wine fermentation.
Of course, if you have yet to sign up for your Monthly HanDrinksSolo Wine Subscription then you won’t be able to fully appreciate what I’m talking about (unless you hunt this wine down in your own time). So, until then, here are my tasting notes and some technical specs:

TECHNICAL SPECS

🔬 👃🏼 A rather unusual nose of coconut, dried wild flowers, winter melon, fresh cucumber, lemon grass and watermelon.
👄 The palate is super rich, layered mix of lemonade, tropical melon, pithy meyer lemon peel, and fresh limes. The finish is hugely textured, with the spicy citrus oil finish, and a little encore from those herbal lemon-grass elements.
🔬 The fruit for the wine is taken from a selection from old “1994” terraced dry land bush vines on a granite hill in Darling. According to Fledge’s Leon Coetzee, these vineyards have “a retirement view of Table Mountain and the rugged West Coast” 😉 The Stellenbosch portion comes from a vineyard planted at 500m ASL in the foothills of the Simonsberg (with the “weerstasie clone”). There are two vineyards in Elgin; one of Bokkeveld scali and the other on decomposing sandstone with chunks of quartz. The Sémillon parcel comes from very similar soils). Finally a small portion of “Upper Sijnn River” from nearby Swellendam.  
Fruit is picked on taste, and allowed some skin contact  in the press, before it is taken to old French oak for fermentation. The ferment is long and cool. After ferment the wine is racked with its fine lees, and allowed to mature in 500L and 400L old barrels. The Sémillon portion is taken to 2nd fill French oak, while the “Reserve” wine is taken to 54L glass demijohns (“to retain that lovely freshness and zippy-ness”).
ANALYSIS: ALC 13.27% | pH 3.24 | TA 5.9 g/L | RS 1.7 g/L
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