Savagnin is a variety with a short and somewhat chequered history in Australia. Originally from the northern Italian region of South Tyrol, this mutation of the ancient Traminer grape variety made its way across the Alps to the French region of Jura, where it is still grown extensively today. Closely related genetically to the famed Spanish variety of Albarino, it was mistakenly distributed by nurseries around the world under this guise. Upon confirmation of this mistake, many Australian vineyards pulled the vines out, not realising the great potential of the variety, especially when grown in sub-Alpine areas like the Feathertop vineyard.
No matter what it’s called, we love this variety and it has become one of our most popular in cellar door. Displaying complex flavours of lime, orange zest, ripe peach and sweet spice, the textured palate is balanced by wonderfully zesty natural acidity which leaves the finish crisp and dry.
Enjoy with: Roast chicken and lightly spiced Asian dishes
Cellaring potential: Drink now – 2022