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Founded by Georg Fromm, a fourth generation Swiss winemaker in the late 80's, the name Fromm signifies the journey made from the old world to the new and is a signature element of intuitive winemakers, Hatsch Kalberer (the Swiss traditionalist & first to make Kiwi Pinot Noir) and William Hoare (Kiwi modernist) throughout the range. The Fromm philosophy places terroir over technology and grape quality over quantity with dedication to producing proper, intense, concentrated wines. Fromm are passionate about their vineyard health believing that careful canopy management should result in little requirement for the use of sprays as healthy grapes free of harmful residues make better wines. Fromm Vineyard has been free of systemic sprays for many years and now with the advent of mechanical undervine weeders is now weed spray free as well. The company has been slowly learning about biodynamic practices, each year gaining a better understanding of what works well. Recently it was decided to run Fromm Vineyard as a fully organic vineyard, with the assistance of biodynamic practices alongside. It is hoped that it will be possible to extend an organic/biodynamic programme across all of the vineyards. The future of Fromm lies in caring for the health of the vineyards, the environment and the people who work together with them.
In the vineyard
We believe that organic wines, by virtue of there being no artificial chemical substances put on or near our vines, will be much purer expressions of their terroir and vintage. The vines were planted in traditional European style: very densely spaced, closer to the ground, and tressled for more open, less powerful canopies. Manual leaf removal creates good air flow and acts as a filter to the light, by naturally controlling over-ripening from excessive exposure to the sun. Frugal irrigation and low cropping helps create textural, intensely flavoured wines. Our vineyard practices also create a quality result for the environment as we aim for zero irrigation, and transform winery waste into compost to go back on to the land to retain water and feed the soil.
In the winery
The grapes are all 100% handpicked, whole bunch pressed with no skin contact and fermented in stainless steel tanks using indigenous yeasts. The wine is aged on gross lees in French barrels for three months and undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation before bottling, resulting in wines with texture and finesse. The fruit is all sourced from the Brancott Valley and mainly from the prized Mendoza clone.
The richness and weight of palate makes this wine really versatile. Try it with Crayfish or free-range chicken marinated in lime infused olive oil and fresh coriander then gently pan fried, serve as an entrée. Fantastic with other seafood such as Bass, Turbot, Vietnamese steamed Trout, Mud Crab or freshlu shucked oysters.Also delicious with shaved Pecorino and tender baby beans, but avoid heavy creamy sauces. Or how about BBQ prawns with garlic & parsley, tuna carpaccio or Snapper with a mild saffron rice or a spring salad with rocket.
2011 Vintage: "Herby, spicy aromas, with vanilla oak notes in a rich, textural style with gooseberries and a distinct perfume." Decanter magazine, October 2012
2010 Vintage: 90 points, Robert Parker, October 2011 "The 2010 La Strada Sauvignon Blanc gives pronounced notes of green apples, fresh limes and lemon juice with hints of wet slate and white peach. The palate is wonderfully intense with plenty of expressive citrus flavors, a good line of very crisp acid and a long minerally finish. Drinking now, it should remain fresh to 2014".
2009 Vintage: Awarded 91 points by Robert Parker "The 2009 La Strada Sauvignon Blanc has a pleasantly funky/leesy character over pink grapefruit flesh and pineapple with a hint of damp stones. This is more concentrated and fuller than the 2008 with very crisp acid in balance with the flavor intensity and a long minerally finish. It should drink well from now to 2013." October 2010
2011 Vintage: Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 - Silver