2014 Savaterre Shiraz
A great vintage and only the third commercial release from these 15-year-old close-planted vines. It’s been a joy from day one. Emirates Airlines have been serving the 2013 Shiraz in their first class cabin, which is a great honour for us.
2014 is a powerful vintage and no more so than in the Shiraz. The amplification of terroir is magnificent. The wine is at once powerful yet refined and precise. Sophistication and finesse. I was told it was more in the style of Grand Cru Burgundy the other night and I like that comparison. As most of you are aware I abhor caricature wines that have been popular in the last 10 years.
Power with finesse. Without finesse it's just jam.
Beguiling, seductive, lifted and ethereal nose revealing more layers and complexity as the wine breathes.
Complex, ever evolving aromas of red/ dark berries intertwined with exotic spices, cedar and a slight hint of undergrowth. The palate is in harmony with the nose. A rich, complex core of bright red/black berry notes combining with exotic spices.
The palate is very textural and balanced. A beautiful seam of acidity runs through it. A long and enjoyable finish that seems to go on and on, ensuring great longevity.
This wine will continue to improve for many years.
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.