2012 Chardonnay SOLD OUT
"...it was chardonnay, of course, that started the buzz over this estate. This 2012 rendition has it all up its sleeves. In five year’s time this will drink superbly. For now, it’s all about reserve. Or coiled power, as the cliche goes. Aroma needs time to develop but it will. It has mid palate richness but it’s really only just started to clear its throat when it finishes. Give it time. Tingling acidity. Great that it’s under screwcap. The longer I sat with it the more it stretched its legs out and flashed some flesh. Just a hole in the stocking for now; a la The Piano. Each year, a new chord. All will be revealed in time. But power, this has aplenty. Rated : 94+"
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front : 5 December 2013
After the extemely wet 2011 vintage growing season and our decision that the resultant wine was not at a sufficiently high standard to be released under the Savaterre label we were looking forward to some better times.
And over the past year we have had some good things to share with you -
Firstly, 2012 was a magnificent year.
Secondly, we have also recently received some flattering news that we had been chosen by Emirates Airlines for their First Class cabin.
So now it a little easier to put 2011 behind us and look to the future!
This is by far the most reserved and evolving Savaterre Chardonnay yet. Power and restraint.
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 2012 is wonderfully refined and vibrant with intense, precise flavors 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.
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.