Savitar Shiraz Magnum
The name ‘Savitar’ refers to a mythical dragon-like monster. Like all of the single vineyard wines, each name is given a lot of thought to best represent what’s inside the bottle. With the name Savitar, Frank wanted to convey not only the beauty of the wine, but it’s power, and finding a balance between the two. The wine is powerful and full flavoured with bold, upfront fruit but at the same time shows constraint with layers of soft tannin and acid structure that signify elegance, complexity and purity.
‘Sui magna cauda caeli astra verrit eaque ad terram jecit’
‘His great tail swept the stars from the sky and flung them to earth’
Smoky cedar, plums, cherry and dried herb.
Powerful, full flavoured Shiraz fruit sings at full voice with flavours of plums and blackberry, black olive and spice. Smoky and spicy oak flavours add layers of complexity and depth to the fruit profile.
Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barrels which are a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak for approximately 18 months.
After a reasonably wet winter, the vines burst well with good early shoot growth. Mild summer temperatures allowed canopies to be maintained right up until vintage time, with minimal irrigation, which resulted in an excellent and even ripening period. Overall the quality was good, particularly for Cabernet and Shiraz.
The nose features masses of smoky cedar, plums, cherry and dried herbs.
Full bodied and opulent with flavours of plums and blackberry, black olive and spice. Smoky and spicy oak flavours add layers of complexity and depth to the fruit profile. The wine fills the mouth but is amply supported and necessarily framed by refined tannin structure that will mellow with time; a wine for ageing.
Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barriques which are 80% French oak (Alliers/Nevers) and 20% French coopered American oak for 17 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.