SAVATERRE - Chardonnay 2019
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This highly complex wine demands time to unravel. Give it the opportunity to breathe if you must taste in its youth. The colour is a lovely straw with a hint of chartreuse.
Elegant, pure aromas of honeysuckle, white peach, pear, exotic spices and brioche with subtle hints of smoke.
On the palate the 2019 is wonderfully refined and vibrant with intense, precise flavours that reflect the aromas. A strong, precise seam of minerality runs right through the wine and culminates in a wine of great power and energy that dissolves seamlessly into a pure powerful long satisfying finish.
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.
Winemaker and co-owner, Keppell Smith, has long had a passion for fine wine. Keppell's winemaking technique is a minimalistic, hands-off approach. "It is all about the quality of the fruit from the fantastic site we have here at SAVATERRE." His approach to winemaking is in the tradition of the fine wines of Burgundy.
In the winery no yeasts are added to the basket pressed juice. "It is all up to wild yeast to start, maintain and finish the fermentation." Keppell particularly likes the layers of complexity a wild yeast fermentation and lengthy lees ageing adds to the wine.
The wine spends a total of 18 months in personally imported French oak barriques and then 6 months in bottle before being released.
SAVATERRE Chardonnay is in Langton's Classification of Australian Wine and served in Emirates Airlines First Class.