Fatum Airen-Macabeo-Sauvignon Blanc

"offers up a lovely nose of green fruit, wild fennel, salty soil tones, gently musky floral tones...An excellent value!" —
John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Appellation
La Mancha D.O.
Grape(s)
50% Airen, 35% Macabeo, 15% Sauvignon Blanc, from vines averaging 35-years-old
Altitude/Soil
750 meters / large stones over clay, lime-rich clay
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Harvest
Hand harvested into small boxes
Production
Destemmed grapes see 12 hour skin maceration followed by pneumatic pressing, fermented in cooled stainless steel tanks
Aging
Aged on lees with battonage in stainless steel tank
Suggested Retail Price
$12
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Fatum Airen-Macabeo-Sauvignon Blanc 2015
88+ (VfC) 88 (VM)
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88+ View from the Cellar The 2015 Fatum Blanco is an interesting blend, as half the cuvée is produced from fifty year-old Airen vines, with the rest of the blend composed of thirty-five percent Macabeo and fifteen percent Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, with four months spent on the fine lees prior to racking and bottling. The wine offers up a lovely nose of green fruit, wild fennel, salty soil tones, gently musky floral tones and just a hint of green olive in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and zesty, with a superb core, lovely soil signature, bright acids and excellent focus and balance on the long and vibrant finish. An excellent value! 2017-2022.
88 Vinous Media (fermented and aged for four months in stainless steel tanks) Pale gold. Aromas and flavors of ripe pear, pineapple and honey, along with a gingery background note. A spine of juicy acidity adds lift and focus and drives the lively, nicely persistent finish, which leaves behind a note of bitter pear skin.
2017 - 2019
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Fatum Airen-Macabeo-Sauvignon Blanc 2016
87+ (VfC) 87 (RP)
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87+ View from the Cellar The Fatum Blanco is composed of a blend of fifty percent Airen, thirty-five percent Macabeu and fifteen percent Sauvignon Blanc and comes in at a brisk 12.5 percent octane in the 2016 vintage. The wine offers up a superb bouquet of pear, a hint of green olive, white peach, salty soil tones, a bit of fresh almond and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, crisp and not quite as interesting as the nose promises, with a good core, sound acids and grip and a long, well-balanced finish. The palate is not quite as well-delineated as the nose and leaves the wine a touch chunky in personality, but one has to admit that there is a lot of personality here in any case for a wine that only retails here in the US for twelve dollars! If the palate can eventually catch up with the precision of the nose, my score will seem conservative! 2018-2025.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
87 The Wine Advocate The first white, the 2016 Fatum Blanco, is a balsamic and medicinal blend of 50% Airén with 35% Macabeo and 15% Sauvignon Blanc from different vineyards in La Mancha. It's minty and pungent, clean and waxy, with a pleasant soft texture and a slight bitterness in the finish.
Issue 234, December 2017
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