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2013 Savaterre ShirazSOLD OUT

"It’s wildly complex and yet pure and well polished. Dark cherried, slightly charry, smoky bacon notes woven through cloves and earth. It crackles with spice, oozes warm fruit and screws tannin through much of the back palate. It’s at the start of a longish life. Alive with concentrated fruit, sturdy with tannin but essentially pretty. Needless to say, there’s a lot to recommend it. Rated: 94 Points "
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front : July 2015

I am not sure if I explained my decision to call my Shiraz by the Australian tag and not the French “Syrah” to you all.

I was going to call it Syrah to emphasize the stylistic difference between Savaterre Shiraz and some of the more traditional Australian wines. I, however, felt unsettled about that. It seemed as though I was adding to the cultural cringe that everything European is great and Australian wine is just ok or somehow inferior. I’ve been fortunate enough to taste most of the great wines of the world and I am firmly of the position that Australia’s premium wines equal or outshine many European greats. The hype surrounding European idols is the result of label idolization as many people simply aren’t able to access these rare and ridiculously expensive wines. Obviously many deserve their reputations but others have long faded to mediocrity as the rest of the winemaking world improved their game.

Either way as a wise wine writer said to me, “Calling an Australian wine Syrah is just a two handed wank!” I agreed and that sealed the deal.

This Shiraz is a wine that makes me happy. Its profound, concentrated, intense and layered whilst remaining sophisticated and light on its feet.

Flowers, black cherry, white truffle, olive tapenade, licorice, earth, black raspberry, stone and an array of exotic spices grabs your attention. With a texture of pure, exotic silk and velvet, this is a lush, opulent, sexy wine that finishes with a rich, concentrated wave of perfectly ripe, hedonistic enjoyment.

This wine will continue to improve for many years. I think around 8 years of age will be drinking the way I personally enjoy them. Some nice secondary characters but not showing any sign of fading.

Campbell Mattinson from the Winefront had some kind words -

"From the review of the inaugural 2012 release: “(The shiraz vines are) growing there now at 8000 vines per hectare on a handkerchief of paddock spotted by Tim Kirk, of Clonakilla fame, who was visiting Savaterre back then to see the chardonnay and pinot noir vineyard, for which the estate is renowned. As Savaterre’s Keppell Smith now tells it, Kirk looked out at the dry yonder and pointed at a patch of flowing grass and the dire straits of dust. Kirk found the sun and stepped out of the shade and said something like, You and shiraz, babe, how about it?” I am of course taking licence. Kirk may have even muttered the words “potentially one of the best shiraz sites in Australia”. It’s neither here nor there.

The first release established Savaterre Shiraz as one to watch; this continues that strong impression. It’s wildly complex and yet pure and well polished. Dark cherried, slightly charry, smoky bacon notes woven through cloves and earth. It crackles with spice, oozes warm fruit and screws tannin through much of the back palate. It’s at the start of a longish life. Alive with concentrated fruit, sturdy with tannin but essentially pretty. Needless to say, there’s a lot to recommend it. Rated: 94 Points. Drink 2016 -2028+

All grapes under this label are sourced exclusively from the Savaterre Vineyard in Beechworth.

It is imperative to open this wine at least 2 - 3 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 two years.

Unfiltered. Store at 14C.

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