2016 Crittenden Cri de Coeur Savagnin

Highly Rated
Nutty, exotic Savagnin, aged under flor for four years. Bottled gold.

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Rollo Crittenden thought he'd been given lemons when he unknowingly grafted Chardonnay to Savagnin on his Mornington Peninsula vineyard in 2009.

Like many producers across the country, he was under the impression he was grafting Albariño. Since then however, he's learnt to make lemonade... or more precisely a couple of wonderful versions of Savagnin.

Fruit was picked in 2016, then left in barrel solitude to develop the flor yeast necessary for the Vin Jaune style of rich, powerful, nutty aldehydic wine.

An unforgettably brilliant wine.

Defying convention and looking to the great Vin Jaune wines of the Jura region in France for inspiration this wine was whole bunched pressed to old French barriques before natural fermentation and malolactic conversion. Following ferment the barrels were moved to a well ventilated shed (away from the winery proper) where conditions were perfect for the gradual growth of the flor yeast on the surface of the increasingly ullaged barrels.

Amazingly this wine has not been topped for its entire 4 year ageing period, relying on the protective properties of the yeast voile to avoid excessive oxidation. Bottling took place in May 2020 without any filtration, fining, stabilisation or the significant addition of SO2.

This wine displays many of the desired nutty aldehyde (almost sherry like) characters that can be expected after prolonged ageing under flor. A complex array of flavours, amongst them preserved lemon, grilled nuts & exotic spice. A palate of tremendous breadth and length with mouth filling chalky texture and persistent acid drive.

95 Points - "Fabulous wine. Rich, full, warm, startling in its aromatics, flavours and length. Honey, sherry, brine, nuts and plenty more. Those flor characters are just beguiling. The dry stretched flattening wave of the finish: magical. The nose. It makes you want to dive into it head first. You have to be measured at 15.8% alc but this is the kind of wine you just want to sit beside all night, your arm casually posed to prevent anyone from taking it away." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

95 Points - "Deep golden-yellow colour of an aged white wine. The bouquet is tremendously complex and profound, loaded with flor-sherry like aldehydes and nuttiness, perhaps incorporating some oak. Grilled hazelnuts and buttered toast. The same flavours flow through to the palate, which is very intense and penetrating, rich and generous and long. It's all beautifully harmonised. A power-packed wine, high in alcohol but it doesn't unbalance the palate at all. A fascinating wine and a tour de force." - Huon Hooke (The Wine Front)

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