Savaterre 2021 'Frère Cadet' Chardonnay
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 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.
My Tasting Notes
Once again, the 2021 stamp can be seen. Power, complexity and finesse.
White and yellow nectarine aromas combine with hints of lemon rind, lime blossom, all spice, nuts and a slight hint of salinity and gun flint.
The palate is more open than the estate. Already starting to shine. Multiple levels of flavours combine to display a powerful and harmonious wine that confirm the initial aroma perceptions.
All encased in a mineral and balanced framework with a long persistent finish.
This is a beautiful wine that is drinking well now and will continue to improve for the next 10-12 years.