Savaterre Chardonnay 2018 (Beechworth, Victoria) "...stone fruit, hazelnut, gunsmoke..."
"It’s good to see that Keppell Smith has finally got with the program, and sent his wine to The Chardonnay Master™ for review. Thanks Keppell, you crazily named man, you. It’s tight and structured, but has generosity of flavour and sizzled hazelnut butter warmth, allied to juicy lime and stonefruit flavours. Peppermint and white flowers. Struck match, a coolness of mint and fennel, cashew, flinty texture, and a very long and powerful finish, and I’m thinking grilled lime, cinnamon spice and fresh herbs. It’s a stellar release, as far as I’m concerned. Epic." 97 Points "Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
"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."