2022 Savaterre Chardonnay

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One of Australia's finest Chardonnays and in winemaker Keppel Smith's words, "the best chardonnay I have ever made".
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Keppell Smith saw his Holy Grail site on the side of the famous Beechworth 'Golden Mile' back in 1996. Since then he has gone on to create one of the region's most formidable wine ranges, with this Chardonnay is arguably the star of his line up.

Coming from the near perfect 2022 vintage, this 2022 Chardonnay is, in Kep's words, "the best chardonnay I have ever made".  He goes on to say "It is such a complete and complex tapestry of aromas, flavours and texture.  It’s the rare combination of power and amplitude combined with elegance, freshness, precision and tension."

It's a powerful, complex, seemingly never-ending Beechworth bombshell, and if you're a collector of Australia's finest Chardonnays then Savaterre needs a place in your cellar.

97 points
"Intense, fine flinty texture and chalky grip, it's restrained, but the power through the palate, and the length is quite something. Sappy and alive. Here's a Chardonnay of quiet power and finesse. It's benchmark stuff."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

The 2022 Chardonnay is the best chardonnay I have ever made.

All the Savaterre wines from 2022 are indeed from the best vintage of my life!.

It was a stunning vintage.

Warm days to ensure flavour ripeness followed by cool evenings to help retain acid. Rain at the right time to avoid disease and a long cool finish to the season to impart the subtle flavours we desire.

I am so incredibly pleased and proud of these wine.

Elegance, freshness, complexity, texture, plenitude and precision are the descriptors for this vintage.

The result is incredible.

My Tasting Notes - 2022 Chardonnay

I do not know where to start with this wine.
It is such a complete and complex tapestry of aromas, flavours and texture.

It’s the rare combination of power and amplitude combined with elegance, freshness, precision and tension.

The aroma distracts you from your everyday thoughts. It grabs you and keeps your attention. A subtle flint framing ethereal aromas of ripe grapefruit, curry leaf, preserved lemon, ginger, stone fruit, allspice and fennel.

Even as a young wine its potential is so obvious.

Once tasted I am transported. This is a wine that takes you on a journey of power balanced with finesse, complexity and extraordinary length. Constantly evolving and changing. Beautifully defined by its markedly tensing acidity and length.

Prodigious from the word go.

While currently in the hot flush of youth, this wine will age beautifully for 20 years.

If consuming under 5 years please decant for at least an hour for maximum enjoyment. Will continue to improve over the next 8 – 15 years.

97 points - "Vintage 2022 combined good yields with high quality, which must be something of a relief given the vicissitudes of recent seasons. Who'd be a farmewr eh?

A little stuck match and funk, pink grapefruit and pear, spicy oak, some ginger, floral perfume sitting quietly behind that, waiting to unfurl. Intense, fine flinty texture and chalky grip, it's restrained, but the power through the palate, and the length is quite something. Sappy and alive. Here's a Chardonnay of quiet power and finesse. It's benchmark stuff." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

96 points - "Damn this is reductive, demanding an aggressive decant, or an eagle eye in the cellar and plenty of patience. Yet the material lurking behind this flinty, terse carapace is thoroughly impressive: pithy stone fruits, anise, glazed quince and citrus marmalade. Thrilling levels of sheer extract, intensity and length, to boot. Trust me. WAIT! Drinkable now, but best from 2027." - Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

96 points - "Exceptional style and class through and through...A thrilling ride awaits with a deep dive into arresting aromas filled with white flowers, stone fruits, Meyer lemon, nougat, almond meal and spice. Floats dreamily on the plate, fine in texture, resonating in fruit and well-judged oak, creamy in texture, bright in energy and acidity." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

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    2019 Savaterre Chardonnay
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    2019 Savaterre Chardonnay
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Stunning

    Year in, year out, one of the very best Chardonnay's in the country. Steely, Juicy, Structured, Polished. Meticulously made, this is glorious juice that is well worth your time.

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