As the weather gets cooler, I find myself gravitating to some of my favourite things: sweaters, good books and of course - wine. I'm a seasonal wine drinker; I drink more red in the winter than I do in the summer, but I am occasionally known to toss that habit out the window and crack a delicious Rosé in the middle of December. That said, I have been craving winter whites – like Chardonnay and Fumé Blanc – lately.
I have had Kew's Fumé Blanc kicking around in my wine fridge since June, and the beginning of October seemed like the perfect time to crack this beauty.
The Wine: Kew Fumé Blanc
The Price: $19.95
The Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
The Location: Beamsville, ON
On the nose I smell a warm toastiness with a hint of almonds. Kew's Fumé Blanc has an elegant mouth feel; it's silky and smooth, like velvet. This isn't a gulping wine, but a wine I want to sip all evening long while curled up under a comfy duvet reading a great book. This wine is perfect for transitioning into fall, with flavours of peaches and vanilla swirling around in the glass.
Fumé Blanc is made from my beloved Sauvignon Blanc grape, but it is aged in oak barrels. In the 1960s, SB had suffered a blow to its reputation; the wine was considered sweet, poorly made and too grassy, so legendary California wine maker Robert Mondavi decided that he would age his Sauvignon Blanc in oak barrels. The name was taken from Pouilly-Fumé, which was one of the dryer style wines made in the Loire Valley at the time. The name was never copyrighted by Mondavi and Fumé Blanc is a style that has thankfully stuck around.
This is also an incredibly food-friendly wine. I paired it with a cheeseburger, roast potatoes and a salad. For dessert, I had strawberries and ice cream, which really brought out the vanilla notes in this wine.
Fumé Blanc is a relatively new discovery for me, one that I will be indulging in again and again this fall season, especially when it tastes as good as Kew's 2013 vintage.