2022 Savaterre Frere Cadet Chardonnay

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The 'younger brother' Chardonnay from Keppel Smith - full of typical Savaterre power and flavour but ready to rock and roll!

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In certain years, winemaker Keppel Smith crafts a Chardonnay from bought Beechworth fruit, named 'frere cadet' ('younger brother').

The 2022 Frère Cadet Chardonnay comes from a vineyard next door to Giaconda, and is made from handpicked grapes, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and matured for 18 months in the finest French oak.

It carries all the usual Beechworth and Savaterre characters of ripe stone fruits, glossy texture and power, but in a style that is approachable and ready to enjoy right away.

Complex and elegant, it’s a wine that overdelivers and is the wine to enjoy while you wait for the 'big brother' Chardonnay to develop.

95 points
"Carries a lot of mighty good flavour that stays on the tongue and won't let go. Sunny and bright, yet deep and concentrated... Juicy acidity aids the journey. Impressive."
- Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

When we have fruit from our younger vines or 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.

The 2022 Frère Cadet is made from Beechworth chardonnay we are lucky enough to buy from some talented vignerons. It’s ready to go! A beautiful wine that is complex and elegant. Power and subtlety all interwoven into a perfect structure. Intensity of aroma and flavour combined with great length and texture. This is a wine that over delivers. It’s ready to drink and will continue to improve.

The Frère 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.

I want you to enjoy this wine on occasions when Grand Cru would not be appropriate.

95 points - "Carries a lot of mighty good flavour that stays on the tongue and won't let go. Sunny and bright, yet deep and concentrated. Pure yellow peach, pear, Meyer lemon, spice and woodsmoke. Offers up a ripe citrus tang, stone fruits and light Asian fruit tropicals against a well-spiced cedarwood background - creamy soft across the mid-palate -- that simply doesn't stop as it works its way to a long finish. Juicy acidity aids the journey. Impressive." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

94 points - "Sourced from a vineyard next to Giaconda, a higher cropping site, conventional farmed, says Keppel Smith. A little struck match, grapefruit, stonefruit, and oatmeal richness, fine spicy oak, Japanese ginger. Juicy but tight, has some creamy gloss and richness, but acidity gives it grapefruity tang and freshness, finishes quite long and spicy. A really good glass of Chardonnay here. Satisfying. Pleasurable. Excellent." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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