Sholto Wines may not yet be a name all that familiar to Yass Valley wine drinkers, but it will be.

Sholto’s Jacob Carter’s winemaking philosophy has a focus on wines that are alternative in nature and distinct in style.

This week’s “swirl” is a great example of Jacob’s approach to winemaking – the Sholto Fume Blanc 2019.

“Fume” in wine terms often refers to the “smoky” characters derived from the use of oak barrels.

Unlike most Sauvignon Blancs on the market that only ever feel the cool grip of stainless steel, in this wine, Jacob has not only used oak, but also contact on yeast lees in order to build out complexity.  This is no ordinary Savvy.

Pale golden straw in colour, a quick swirl reveals tropical fruit aromas including freshly cut rockmelon and guava with alluring struck-flint complexity.

In the mouth, the wine has a rich and mouth-filling texture with tropical fruit flavours and a delightful slick of savouriness and lingering line of acidity.

My bottle was sourced from Thyme to Taste in Yass but also available for $30 online