Savaterre Estate Chardonnay 2018

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Gary Walsh
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Ned Goodwin MW
SKU
SACH201814 UCAU
$75.00 Per item
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When rare parcels of particularly outstanding Beechworth grapes become available, winemaker Keppell Smith likes to create something unique and bottle it under Savaterre's 'Frere Cadet' (Younger Brother) label. The Frere Cadet range of wines evolved to be more accessible in their youth. These wines are created with the same attention to detail that goes into our premium Savaterre label but are more giving when young. All grapes are handpicked and fermented by indigenous yeasts. There is minimal interference. Nature takes its course. The wine is matured for 18 months in the best French oak before maturing in bottle prior to release. To be enjoyed "on occasions when Grand Cru would not be appropriate" says Keppel.
When rare parcels of particularly outstanding Beechworth grapes become available, winemaker Keppell Smith likes to create something unique and bottle it under Savaterre's 'Frere Cadet' (Younger Brother) label. The Frere Cadet range of wines evolved to be more accessible in their youth. These wines are created with the same attention to detail that goes into our premium Savaterre label but are more giving when young. All grapes are handpicked and fermented by indigenous yeasts. There is minimal interference. Nature takes its course. The wine is matured for 18 months in the best French oak before maturing in bottle prior to release. To be enjoyed "on occasions when Grand Cru would not be appropriate" says Keppel.

Scores & Reviews

97 / 100

Gary Walsh

It’s tight and structured, but has generosity of flavour and sizzled hazelnut butter warmth, allied to juicy lime and stonefruit flavours. Peppermint and white flowers. Struck match, a coolness of mint and fennel, cashew, flinty texture, and a very long and powerful finish, and I’m thinking grilled lime, cinnamon spice and fresh herbs. It’s a stellar release, as far as I’m concerned. Epic. The Wine Front, 30 July, 2020

95 / 100

Ned Goodwin MW

"An ambient fermentation had its way in classy French oak, where the wine sat unimpeded for 18 months, embedding a nourishing core of truffled curd, nougat and vanilla pod. Stone fruits, white fig and melon scents billow across the seams. Mid-weighted and juicy as is the wont at this address. Nothing hard. Nothing out of place. Softer than the prodigious '17, bit this has a mellifluous almost gentle flow to it." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)