This is such a aromatic floral wine with underlying forest berries and fresh earthy aromas. There is a wonderful freshness and precision on the palate. sweet spice, morello cherry, violets and black raspberry fruit. A voluptuous medium to full-bodied wine with striking minerality. Fine grain tannins and sinew ensure a long future of textural pleasure. A seamless palate and silky texture keeps you intrigued. A serious, complete, balanced and concentrated wine. So elegant and effortless.
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. Intensely focused on the creation of outstanding, individualistic wines far removed from the mainstream , Keppell looks more to the wines, winemaking and viticulture of the Old World as his inspiration. Ranging from vineyard aspect through to the use of natural yeasts and French barriques, he combines the art and the science of winemaking in his drive to produce the finest of wines. The region itself is blessed with beautiful views, fantastic local produce, outstanding dining and of course the historic town of Beechworth. It has a growing wine presence and has recently been recognised as an independent wine region.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
It’s got a lot going on in it’s slender frame, but it is a lighter, thinner wine than expected, with some serious zing to herbal-amaro-like acidity and a rasp of ferrous, gamey character running through the wine. It sets off with sour cherry, game meat and wet pavement scents. The palate on edge with sour cherry flavours, cranberry tang, that forest floor-iron filings character dragging through the wine and finishing it firm and dusty. Savoury and light on, it’s got high curiosity factor, but won’t be for everyone…