Familytree 'Elfie' Savagnin 2015
What is a Savagnin you say? Well, it is similar to a Sauvignon Blanc and has more dryish Riesling type flavours like lemons and limes. It is very similar to its cousin Gewurztraminer. After speaking to the winemaker and asking him about this new and interesting wine, this is how he described it… “This Savagnin is zippy and intense, like its cousin Gewurztraminer. Fair in colour, with some wonderful stylish hues. It is sharp and dry with textured layers of complexity. Finishing delicate and elegant. Quite appealing.”
After crushing, an extended skin contact time of 24 hours helped to draw out flavours and tannins from the skins. A smaller 20% portion of this wine was fermented in old French oak barrels and left on lees for 4 months, which has created a subtle balanced oak and wonderful texture and mouth feel from the lees. The 80% balance was fermented in small stainless steel drums, which helps to retain the fresh natural crunchy acidity and also left on lees. The aim was to make a tight focussed style of wine with some chalky minerality and texture.
“Savagnin has a complex history like my grandmother, Elfie [Elfriede]. European born only to blossom on Australian soil. Elfie’s delicate appearance and love of perfume, belied her underlying strength of character and zest for life. Precious memories that linger forever”. ason Cooke – Wine Club Member
This wine is pale yellow in colour with green hues. The nose shows wonderful aromatics of freshly squeezed limes with hints of Turkish delight, passionfruit and gun flint. Fresh and elegant, the palate has a tight acid line showing tangy grapefruit and the freshly squeezed limes, delicate fresh herbs and zesty lemons. Extended skin and lees contact has created an appealing savoury mouth feel finishing crisp with textured minerality.
100% Margaret River Savagnin
Short term 1 – 2 years