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2010 Chardonnay SOLD OUT

"Tangy acidity and nutty, crisp fruit drives the wine – it’s tense and nervous, but shows a build of power across the palate. There’s lots of detail here, isn’t shy of wood, but fruit stands proud against the woodwork frame and the wine looks to be a belter for cellaring time too. Complex in spice, granite-like minerality and white, crunchy stone fruits, this is a wine of airy, heady sophistication eschewing current vogue for anorexia and temporal raciness, showing flex and strength of flavour instead – but by no means losing tension. Yes, yes. 94 points"
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front : September 2012

"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master" said Ernest Hemingway in 1961.

As a vigneron and winemaker Hemingway’s quote really rings true. No vintage is exactly alike. Lessons learnt and techniques applied in past vintages may be completely inappropriate for the current year’s fruit. That is assuming there is quality fruit. It is an especially hard craft to master without any grapes!

After a very wet 2011 growing season we decided that the vintage was not up to our standard. So no Savaterre estate 2011! Sorry, painful but necessary to preserve our integrity. However, other vineyards in Beechworth were not as unlucky as us. It’s the fickle nature of weather and country life.

The “fickle nature of weather” however, provided us with an amazing 2010 vintage. In my opinion our 2010 vintage wines are the best we have ever produced.

2010 as you probably know was exceptional over most of Victoria. Everything came together. Rain fell at the right time, the sun shone but not too much or too strong, cool nights and a continuous gentle breeze keeping disease at bay. I couldn’t have wish for more.

There was no crop thinning in 2010 as the vines set the magic number of about 800gms per vine or aprox. one bottle per vine. As we have a close planted vineyard the older vines are now maturing such that they have come into an equilibrium that ensures a small crop and an even, gentle ripening.

I’m sure our organic/ biodynamic practices are helping in maintaining an ecosystem that is alive, diverse and flourishing.

The wines were held back from release for an extra eight months because the wine was evolving very slowly. We don’t release wines that are not approachable . Our wine, however, like all fine wine is made to last and drink after evolving over the years. I hate the idea of my wines being rushed like some commercial, mass produced product.

Tasting Notes:

Is this the best Savaterre Chardonnay yet? I think so. No, I know so! I’m very proud. There is a new level of depth and sophistication that emanates from this wine. More French than Australian.

Great line and length. A complex, cerebral wine. This is the sort of wine I’ve always wanted to make.

The colour is slightly paler than past years but still a lovely straw colour with a hint of chartreuse.

The nose is where the experience begins. Powerful, deeply defined aromas of pear, white peach, citrus flowers grilled nuts and a bit of funky burnt match. Not too much funk, just enough to add complexity. I love to smell this wine . It continues to change and intrigue.

The palette reflects the aromas. However, the minerality and structure present a melange of fruit and spice flavours as well as a silky texture. With an impressive long lingering palette.

Etherial and Hedonistic. What can I say, I’m proud.

Available in natural cork and screw cap.

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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