Bright ruby red with aromas of strawberry jam and an old world veil on the palate. Cool climate elegance, good spice and length on the palate.
Nestled amongst the tall ghost-like Karri trees is one of Western Australias most promising wineries. Family friend David Hohnen (of Cloudy Bay fame)first spotted the location, just off Seven Day Road between Pemberton and Manjimup, as having great winegrowing potential, and so Fontys Pool was established. Although initially renowned for its Pinot Noir, Pembertons cool climate is proving to be equally suited to a range of other noble varieties producing wines characterised by pure and precise flavours. Recent reworking of some of the best vineyard plots for even lower yields seems to have brought an extra layer of complexity to the wines and the new vintages represent an exciting leap in quality. James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion 2008) makes Fontys Pool one of his ten dark horses, wineries that have excelled over the last 12 months earning a coveted 5 stars.
In the Vineyard
The vineayrds for Fonty's Pool are situated in Pemberton, one of the coolest wine regions in Western Australia principally due to its elevation above sea level and close proximity to the Great Southern and Indian Oceans. The differences between Pemberton and other Western Australian wine regions include true vine dormancy and a long reipening period. The region also receives one of the purest water supplies in the world.
In the Winery
All clones were batch fermented in open fermenters with plunging used as the main form of cap management. Of the four batches one underwent a wild ferment, with the intention being to build on mouth feel and structure.
Vintage 2009: James Halliday, Australian Wine Competition - 94 points
2010: Fonty's Pool winery has also been awarded 5 red stars by James Halliday for consistent excellence.
Combines perfectly with the gamey character of duck or alternatively has the succulence and weight to contrast chilli based dishes.