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“I know this is going to sound a bit trite, but when I first approached this wine while tasting I wrote, “oh, Giaconda-esque!” – it was tasted blind. Savaterre has consistency with chardonnay, and this release is up there with the better releases, albeit it is a fuller-feeling oak complement here, for those inclined. It has this quiet power to it. A slick, lightly creamy roll that slips over palate with concentration yet freshness, licks of wood spice and nougat, a core of lemon-squeezed-on-green-apple acidity. It’s quite lovely in its flourish of fruit and winemaking. The bouquet steps up too, more green apple and citrus, whiffs of nougat again, a sense of struck flint or warm stones. Lots to like here. Lots.”
94 Points – Mike Bennie -The Wine Front 2016
The 2016 Savaterre Chardonnay is an absolute delight.
Complex, powerful, sophisticated and precision are the initial impressions.
Intense aromas of toasted hazelnuts, white nectarine, citrus flower, exotic spice and subtle gunpowder flint and oyster shell with a powerful minerality swirl in the glass. This is a wine that continues to evolve and unveil in the glass.
On the palate it is has real intensity. Instantly you feel its power. The structure of this wine is just where I want it. It’s sleek but not austere. It’s vibrant, juicy and vivacious yet reserved. Brilliant acidity, diamond bright with great presence and persistence.
Powerful, balance nuances of grapefruit, pear, citrus, nectarine, white peach, praline, exotic spice and grilled nuts. A powerhouse of delicious intense minerally fruit with a crisp spine of acidity and tremendous length.
Perfectly ripe. A highly detailed wine of great character. Grand Cru quality in my opinion.
All grapes under this label are sourced from the Savaterre Vineyard in Beechworth.
It is imperative to open this wine at least 2 hours ahead of drinking if you are going to experience the layers of complexity the palate has to deliver. This is particularly relevant if you intend to enjoy to consume this wine in the next 5 years.
Store at 14C.
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