Nestled in the mountains of northeastern Victoria, just outside the picturesque town of Beechworth, lays the Savaterre vineyard. The site was “discovered“ in 1996 by Keppell Smith, owner and winemaker, after an expansive search through Australia’s quality wine regions. The mild summer days, cool climate elevation combined with the rolling foothills of the Victorian Alps was the magic “terroir” combination sought by Keppell.
Complex, powerful and precise. Intense aromas of toasted hazelnuts, white nectarine, citrus flower with a powerful minerality. This is a wine that continues to evolve upon pouring. The palate is intensely concentrated. Flavours of pear, pink grapefruit, white peach, praline and toasted hazelnuts are highlighted by the core of fine acidity. Saline oyster shell and mineral texture persist through the long finish.
Slight flinty smoky sulphide top note, McVitie’s digestive biscuit, or oatmeal, looking sideways at tropical fruit, ripe lime and flowers, spice and preserved lemon. Tight, intense, chalky grip, lime and honey, flinty and stony, mouth-watering acidity, long and juicy, and slightly toasty and clove-spiced to close. Magic. Flavour and texture. Tasted: May 2021; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $85; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2021-2026; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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