On the nose layered seductive fruit some red pomegranate, cherry, star anise and red currant notes interlinked in the dark fruit, hints of rose petal and truffle. Delicate undergrowth, intense, rich and complex, with the powerful Savaterre minerality lurking in the background. On the palate deep and weighty red fruit, morello cherry, powerful and focused while displaying feminine elegance. A strong underlying mineral backbone displaying vibrant and dense red fruit. A beautiful balance of fruit, tannin and acidity. A mighty wine with two decades ahead of it …a bright future with the complex layers of juicy red fruit and the magnificent minerality as a very solid foundation. Umami to go!
"I know this is going to sound a bit trite, but when I first approached this wine while tasting I wrote, ‘oh, Giaconda-esque!’ – it was tasted blind. Savaterre has consistency with chardonnay, and this release is up there with the better releases, albeit it is a fuller-feeling oak complement here, for those inclined. It has this quiet power to it. A slick, lightly creamy roll that slips over palate with concentration yet freshness, licks of wood spice and nougat, a core of lemon-squeezed-on-green-apple acidity. It’s quite lovely in its flourish of fruit and winemaking. The bouquet steps up too, more green apple and citrus, whiffs of nougat again, a sense of struck flint or warm stones. Lots to like here. Lots. Rated : 94 Points" Mike Bennie - The Wine Front
"Vigneron Keppel Smith has a mate who suggested he spends some time in Umbria, and by virtue of that, has ended up planting sagrantino in his Beechworth vineyard. “They are cantankerous vines”, he offers, “and it’s taken 15 years from planting to first crop I thought was approaching good enough”. Well, here’s my first look at sagrantino from Savaterre. No regional information on bottle or label, however, which is also kind of interesting.
"…this release from Savaterre has something going on… It’s a fragrant, lighter, fresher rendition than we’ve seen. Plummy fruit with rose hip tea, sniffs of cranberry and a touch of smoky bergamot-like character in the bouquet. The palate has juiciness but there’s tightness too, tannins weave through the sluice of cherry-pomegranate flavours, there’s a light earthy savouriness and the fine finishes fresh and cool. It’s lovely drinking, all up. Such easy, satiny pleasure. Rated : 94 Points" Mike Bennie - The Wine Front This is a delicious, juicy, fragrant wine.
Mike Bennie of Winefront has dipped his creative nib in the ink with respect to our 2016 Shiraz. "Savaterre’s wines stand out of the crowd for a multitude of reasons, and constantly keep me interested to see how they will emerge each year. Here’s another curve ball. 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.“
When rare parcels of particularly outstanding Beechworth grapes become available, our winemaker Keppell Smith likes to create something unique and bottle it under Savaterre's 'Frère Cadet' (Younger Brother) label.
"Hand-harvested fruit across a tightly planted vineyard in Beechworth serves a sleek chassis, driven by thirst-slaking acid cylinders and a body toned by peach, nectarine, apricot and the finest French oak in which this mid-bodied beauty has settled into a finely tuned groove of tension and generosity. Nougatine and creamy cashew at its core, conferring warmth. Layered, impeccably integrated and searingly long, this is very fine...Rating 97 Points." Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 - 2017 Savaterre Chardonnay
“This is winemaker Keppell Smith's negotiant bottling, hewn from purchased grapes with an artisanal approach akin to that to his flagship cuvee: a spontaneous ferment of hand-picked grapes embellished with high quality French oak (18 months). The result is creamy and mouth filling; mid-weighted and as reliant on ripe stone fruit allusions as it is on a leesy detail, mineral and pungent; and subalpine acidity and fresh; for pulse, pull and sappt length...Rated: 94 Points" Ned Goodwin MW - Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 - Savaterre 2017 'Frère Cadet'