Cri de Coeur Savagnin 2016, Crittenden Estate, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
'A very fortunate mistake! That’s how I now describe the confusion that led to many Australian vignerons (including ourselves) inadvertently planting Savagnin in the belief we were planting the Spanish (Galician) variety Albarińo. Years of subsequent perspiration, education and frustration have resulted in the release of our fourth Sous Voile Savagnin. A Cr i de Coeur (Cry of the Heart) if ever there was one!' Rollo Crittenden.
Described by Autralia's most respected wine journalist James Halliday as ‘possibly the most exciting white wine in Australia’
Defying convention and looking to the great Vin Jaune wines of the Jura region in France for inspiration this wine was whole bunched pressed to old French barriques before natural fermentation and malolactic conversion. Following ferment the barrels were moved to a well ventilated shed (away from the winery proper) where conditions were perfect for the gradual growth of the flor yeast on the surface of the increasingly ullaged barrels. Amazingly this wine has not been topped for its entire 4 year ageing period, relying on the protective properties of the yeast voile to avoid excessive oxidation. Bottling took place in May 2020 without any filtration, fining, stabilization or the significant ad dition of SO2..
This wine displays many of the desired nutty aldehyde characters that can be expected after
prolonged ageing under flor.A complex array of flavours, amongst them preserved lemon, grilled nuts & exotic spice. A palate of tremendous breadth and length with mouth filling chalky texture and persistanct acid drive.
We have a tiny allocation of this extroardinatry and rare wine and it is only available with other wines from this estate
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