2012 Savaterre Pinot Noir

Region:Beechworth , VIC

Style:Medium Bodied


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The benchmark Pinot Noir from the famous Beechworth wine region.

RRP $70.00


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Savaterre and its fearless frontman Keppell Smith sit squarely amongst the inner sanctum of top-flight Beechworth producers. Located on the 'Golden Mile' of Beechworth vineyards, this producer's reputation for churning out outstanding Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz is formidable, to say the least. The 2012 vintage of the Pinot Noir was, in Campbell Mattinson's words "To my personal tastes – as opposed to straight scoring – this is the best Savaterre Pinot Noir yet released." With a pedigree as impressive as this wine's, that is a big call but a deserved one. With a healthy amount of whole-bunch (85%) and the deft application of the finest Burgundian oak, Smith has clearly articulated the vineyard's voice in the 2012 release. It is an epic wine, built of lean muscle and tension - one that is a glorious drink now or a serious cellaring proposition for those with patience and time.

What it Tastes Like

"Put this wine in your mouth and watch the tail unfurl. The vintage, a change of oak cooper, the age of the vineyard, earlier picking, adjustment to the viticulture – not sure exactly how this has stepped into the next echelon but it has. Its maker and grower, Keppell Smith, says “it’s just Keppell getting a bit smarter”. Line of acid and tannin is superb. It’s an exceptional wine. Dark, meaty, ashen, smoky, has some fruit grunt but it’s fresh and tangy and lively. If you have any doubts over Beechworth’s ability to make outstanding pinot noir on occasion, then try this, and watch the vapour of doubt float out the window." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)


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