Taltarni Three Monks Fumé Blanc 2011 (Victoria and Tasmania)
12.5%, Screwcap, $25
An awful lot of winemaking goes into this Taltarni Sauvignon Blanc, especially given the price, with half wild fermented in tank, the rest in barrel (where it was stirred weekly and matured for eight months).
It looks well made too, the vanilla bean oak a little obvious on the nose, though not enough to be offensive, the palate rather natural and pure, the oak and lees an adornment rather than the dominant character. Maybe a little unclean through the finish (hint of diseased fruit), but the acidity is still naturally clean. Rather satisfying Aussie fume really, clean and well made and aas taut as you’d want to keep that winemaking in check.
Drink: 2013- 2016
Score: 17.5/20 91/100
Would I buy it? On the list, at a sufficient price, this would be a pretty easily attractive drink.