Savaterre 2015 Chardonnay
"This is, without a doubt, a compelling wine.
It has a beguiling richness, and although there are notes of pineapple and nougat, there is also underlying grapefruit and lemon. The way these two opposing elements are entwined is nothing short of impressive.
There is a seamless integration of the elements. Though I must stress, it is not an overly fruity wine. In fact, its presentation is decidedly savoury with inherent oatmeal characters. And then there is the acidity, which is more like a supporting basket than a core. And the texture? Perfect.
It is a serious wine for purposeful drinking. It needs chilling, but not too much. Decanting? Most definitely. Time for quiet appreciation? A must."
Rated : 95 Points
Toni Paterson MW in Huon Hooke's The Real Reviews' Cellar Talk Wines
My Tasting Notes
Powerful, harmonious aromas of citrus flowers, pear, stone fruit, flint, nougat and toasted hazelnuts results in an aromatic tension and complexity without sacrificing freshness and minerality.
The palate has a striking intensity of flavour. An abundance of citrus, stone fruit, freshly sliced pear, spices, and mineral some coffee, a touch of gun smoke, pronounced spice, and subtle, integrated oak. All these complex flavours are underpinned by an underlying raciness and bright acidity. Amazing length with Savaterre's signature stony minerality.
This wine is delicious now and will continue to evolve and improve for the next 8-12 years.